Home Bargains lorry gets stuck under bridge – causing long delays

Drivers are facing long delays - and trains have been disrupted - after a lorry got stuck under a railway bridge. The Home Bargains[1] got into trouble in Walkden, Salford[2], at around 10.50am on Friday (September 8).

A section of Memorial Road was closed approaching the bridge, near Walkden[3] station. Images from the scene show the lorry wedged underneath the structure, just past a sign warning drivers of the low bridge.

Police and Network Rail engineers are at the scene as attempts amid attempts to clear the area. Rail services were disrupted following the crash.

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Network Rail cleared the bridge as safe for trains to run over it again at around 12.50pm. A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "Rail passengers and road users faced needless delays for nearly two hours this lunchtime after a heavy goods vehicle hit a railway bridge at Walkden station.

“We immediately sent someone to the scene to inspect the bridge and fortunately there was no structural damage. Trains are running again now, but we’re advising people to check National Rail Enquiries while timetables return to normal.

A Home Bargains lorry has caused travel chaos in Walkden after hitting a low bridge A Home Bargains lorry has caused travel chaos in Walkden after hitting a low bridge

“Bridge strikes like these cost taxpayers millions of pounds every year and can be completely avoided. We urge drivers to always know the height and size of their vehicles - including any loads they are carrying - and to carefully plan their routes so our infrastructure isn’t put at risk in this way."

The Home Bargains driver is far from being the first to strike the unlucky structure in Walkden. Last September, an Amazon lorry found itself stuck[5] in the same spot for several hours after hitting the bridge.

The lorry wedged under a bridge The lorry wedged under a bridge

The Manchester Evening News also reported on lorries getting stuck under the same bridge in October 2019[6], May 2015[7] and January 2014[8]. Home Bargains has been approached for comment.

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  1. ^ Home Bargains (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
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  3. ^ Walkden (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
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  5. ^ an Amazon lorry found itself stuck (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ October 2019 (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  7. ^ May 2015 (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
  8. ^ January 2014 (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
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