Mantle Road bridge 5 - Lorries 0

The Mantle Road bridge has snared another unwary lorry driver. Thanks to Pat for the photo.

9 comments:

Katy said...

I was walking about 10m in front of another lorry prang a few weeks ago - the humungous bang gave me a heck of a fright, and I worry that at some occasion debris is going to hit someone. Is there anything more that can be done about this, do we think??

Roggie said...

And Boris tries to blame cyclists for not watching where they are going...

SaarfLondonBird said...

"Unwary" or simply incapable of (a) reading a road sign indicating height clearance and (b) remembering how high their vehicle is. They're not very bright are they?

Robin Bray said...

I get a pretty good view / audio experience of the lorries that go into this bridge, as I live in Jude Court.

I emailed Lewisham Council last week, and again today, as it happens too often to be simply down to drivers being stupid. There needs to be a sign actually on the bridge, and the one on the street isn't particularly well placed.

Someone from the council did reply today to say "Network Rail's structures team are investigating the bridge and our team is looking into the signing. First we'll ensure that the existing signs that have been damaged are replaced and then we'll look at whether further signs are needed."

So I'll be interested to see how this progresses.

jonny shortpants said...

not deceptively low. it is low.

Martin said...

If this bridge is lower than 'standard' bridges (I don't know if there are standards for the height of tunnels) they could put a height restrictor (http://www.avon-barrier.co.uk/images/gallery/27/HeightRestrictor.jpg) to warn the drivers.

hmmmm... said...

In today's culture, I'm surprised none of the victims have tried suing Lewisham Council over the lack of signage on the bridge itself. Or maybe they have.


Just hope that the response doesn't go too far and end up with the bridge, or more to the point pavements, being festooned with more signage and street clutter.

Jez said...

There are already 2 signs warning of the danger, one before the St Asaph Road turning and one after. How many signs do these people need?

Robin Bray said...

One actually on the bridge would be useful.

If the signs already in place were adequate, there'd be fewer collisions - it's clear that they're either in the wrong places, or there needs to be additional signs. Or they need to be repositioned *and* added to!

The sign nearest the bridge is angled away from the road - I'm not a driver, but I suspect it isn't well placed.

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