Solutions for the Bridge & Tunnel Operators Sector
Bridges and tunnels come with their own risks, one of which is strikes by overheight vehicles.
There are over 2,000 bridge strikes every year across the UK, causing thousands of hours of train and vehicle delays, all of which come at a huge cost to Network Rail and Local Authorities (estimated cost is in excess of £20m a year).
The RAC Foundation’s latest report (March 2022) also found the number of substandard road bridges managed by councils across Great Britain has risen for the second year running. Local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales identified over 3,000 bridges – defined by highway engineers as structures over 1.5m in span – as being substandard at the end of 2021. Many of these aren’t fit to support the heaviest lorries which can weigh up to 44 tonnes. This is largely due to bridges being built to earlier design standards, while others have deteriorated through age and use.
Being able to warn road users of height and weight restrictions in advance is critical to enabling them to take a different route to avoid the infrastructure in question. Advising vehicle users of lane restrictions or hazards in tunnels also supports increased safety.