Prevention of bridge strikes: A good practice guide for passenger transport operational staff

This Network Rail guide gives advice for passenger transport operational staff to avoid bridge strikes.

Preventing bridge stikes - image by Rosemary Oakesthott
Preventing bridge stikes - image by Rosemary Oakesthott

Who wrote this?

This guide was written by Network Rail with

  • Department for Transport
  • Transport for London
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • Road Operators’ Safety Council
  • Stagecoach
  • National Express
  • Arriva
  • Unite
  • First
  • London Buses
  • Rosco
  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)
  • Association of Chief Police Officers and
  • Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland


It was first published in April 2012.


This good practice guide provides advice how to identify the risks of bridge strikes and how prevent bridge them.

Prevention of bridge strikes series

This is part of a series of documents to avoid bridge strikes. Also in the series:

Who should read this?

This is for the operational staff and others involved in route risk assessment and scheduling for passenger vehicles.


This 12-page booklet gives information on:

  • What is the law
  • Actions to take before the journey
  • Actions to prevent bridge strikes during the journey
  • Actions if a bridge strike occurs
  • Consequences for passenger vehicle operators
  • Consequences of bridge strikes to the railway
  • Training and competence
  • A travelling height conversion chart

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