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Did you see what happened? - Train services back to normal after vehicle strikes bridge in North Walsham

PUBLISHED: 16:37 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:06 06 September 2017

Flashback to four years ago when a lorry was stuck under the Cromer Road bridge in North  Walsham. Picture: Archant

Flashback to four years ago when a lorry was stuck under the Cromer Road bridge in North Walsham. Picture: Archant

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It’s normally its sister railway bridge less than a mile away in Cromer Road that is notorious for being clipped by tall vehicles - but this time it happened at the Norwich Road bridge in North Walsham.

The bridge in Cromer Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale The bridge in Cromer Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale

Emergency services were again called out to attend a ‘bridge bash’ in the town on Wednesday, September 6.

A lorry got stuck under the bridge, on the country side of the train station, which led to services being disrupted while Network Rail closed the line to examine the bridge. It happened at about 9.20am and the line was reopened at about 9.55am.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “The lorry hit the bridge several times while it was going underneath. The driver attempted to go on, but then backed up and got stuck.

“The driver was able to reverse out and no visible damage was caused to the bridge.”

The bridge in Norwich Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale The bridge in Norwich Road, North Walsham. Picture: David Bale

A Greater Anglia spokesman said the Sheringham to Norwich line was closed for about 35 minutes, and services were disrupted for part of the morning.

The rail company earlier tweeted: “The 9.44am Sheringham to Norwich will be terminated at Cromer and restarted from North Walsham due to a vehicle striking a bridge.”

No one appears to have witnessed the incident, and there were no reported injuries, but one neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: ”I’m not surprised it’s happened again.”

It was the latest crash to occur at a railway bridge in the town, but previous incidents have mostly occurred at the Cromer Road bridge.

Six months ago a bus hit the Cromer Road bridge and train services between Norwich and Cromer were disrupted for several hours.

And a lorry became stuck after hitting the same railway bridge in October 2014.

Meanwhile, in November 2013, an articulated lorry had to be removed after it got stuck under the Cromer Road railway bridge.

The Reticel lorry ended up partly on its side after hitting the bridge at about 8am.

A Network Rail spokesman added: “Bridge strikes cost the taxpayer millions of pounds and delay thousands of passengers every year, so we’d like to remind drivers to check the height of their vehicles before passing under any bridges.”

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