Prevention of strikes on bridges over highways: A protocol for highway managers & bridge owners

This booklet gives guidance and advice to highway managers and bridge owners to prevent strikes on bridges that span public highways.

Prevention of bridge strikes - image from Rosemary Oakeshott
Prevention of bridge strikes - image from Rosemary Oakeshott

Who wrote this?

A working group consisting of:

  • Adept
  • Department for Transport
  • Network Rail and 
  • London Underground on behalf of the Bridge Strike Prevention Group

When?

This second issue was first published in July 2014. It supercedes the original document published in october 2007. 

Why?

To prevent vehicles hitting bridges, raise awareness of bridge strikes, and decrease bridge failure and maintenance.

Prevention of bridge strikes series

This is part of a series of documents to avoid bridge strikes:

Prevention of bridge strikes: A good practice guide for transport managers

Who should read this?

Anyone who is responsible for bridge management and safety, so highway managers and bridge owners. The guidance applies to all bridges over roads.

Content

This 46-page booklet gives guidance and advice to highway managers and bridge owners to prevent strikes on bridges that span public highways.

It covers:

  • Signage of restricted headroom 
  • The register and maintenance of signs
  • Distractions from advertising
  • Lighting in areas around the railway
  • Temporary works and working practices
  • Joint working with rail authorities and other bridge owners
  • Other important considerations and 
  • Action to take when informed of a bridge strike

For more information and questions, please contact management@ice.org.uk.

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