Lorry strikes Shortlands railway bridge causing delays to Bromley South and Beckenham trains

PUBLISHED: 13:15 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 13 September 2017

Southeastern train

Southeastern train


The bridge has been struck twice already this year

A railway bridge in Shortlands was struck by a passing lorry on Wednesday, causing disruption for train passengers.

The lorry struck the bridge over Bromley Road and Beckenham Lane at around 12.20pm, both Network Rail and Met Police were sent out to the scene.

On arrival, Network Rail engineers assessed the damage to the bridge, causing some Southeastern services to be held or slowed down, causing disruption to Bromley South and Beckenham services travelling via Catford.

A spokesperson from Network Rail said: “We are sorry for any delays to passengers and road users this morning. The bridge has the required signage in place to alert drivers of the height of the bridge – in this case, unfortunately, it seems the driver was not aware of the danger.”

It is the third time this year the bridge has been struck, most recently it was hit by a Tesco lorry in June.

Trains were brought back up to speed at 12.50pm.

We have approached Met Police for comment.

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