Sign plan in bid to stop bridge bashes in North Walsham

A lorry wedged under Cromer Road railway bridge, North Walsham, on November 11 2013. Picture: ALEX HURRELL A lorry wedged under Cromer Road railway bridge, North Walsham, on November 11 2013. Picture: ALEX HURRELL

Sunday, December 22, 2013
1:00 PM

New road signs aimed at preventing further bridge bashes in North Walsham may be put in place next year.

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North Walsham Town Council is in talks with Norfolk County Council’s highways department about better signs to alert lorry drivers to the height of the town’s Cromer Road and Norwich Road railway bridges.

The move follows a number of incidents during the year when high vehicles became stuck underneath the bridges, blocking the two major roads for long periods and disrupting rail travel while safety checks were carried out on the structures.

Town councillors believe the position and visibility of some of the current warning signs are not ideal.

They have until the end of January to bid for up to half the cost of new signs from the county council’s highways improvement fund.

Members also agreed to include in their bid cash for solar-operated flashing signs telling drivers their exact speed. These would be placed in areas of the town where speeding is a source of concern.

6 comments

  • If they can't see a socking great bridge, they ain't going to see a sign are they? The next one that crashes into it, taser 'em-it's the only universal language they understand. And then melt the lorry down and make loads of them little angely things that go round when you light a candle under it. I like them I do. And sausage rolls.

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    backwoodsman

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • Bigger, more prominent signs that are in METRIC are all that's needed. Perhaps put some advance warning signs at the start of the 40mph limit near Waitrose too.

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    Lord Elf

    Monday, December 23, 2013

  • audio sound warning will have little effect on to days insulated lorry cabs the only real solution is high intensity red stop lights after a lorry passes through a lazier hight beam

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    k day

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • And in how many languages will these signs be in?

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    melalmighty

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • Laser beam is clearly an excellent solution and far more effective than yet more warning signs as apparently planned - and possibly cheaper to implement. Think outside the box Town Council.

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    JackH-1938

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

  • Some industrial sites have a "false bridge" (ie a gantry of same or slightly lower height) that the high vehicle has to pass under before the actual bridge. If the vehicle hits the gantry, warnings are sounded (eg simple dangling bells) andor flashed telling the driver not to proceed.

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    JackH-1938

    Sunday, December 22, 2013

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