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Drivers are being urged to do their bit after one of the country's most bashed railway bridges was hit just days after reopening following lengthy repairs.

The Stonea railway bridge underpass was closed in October 2019 after it was struck twice in one week, with the second causing ‘significant’ damage to the support beam, forcing the closure on safety grounds.

As a result drivers along the Sixteen Foot Road faced tailbacks as they waited to use the railway crossing over the busy Cambridge to Peterborough line, which is operated manually and can be closed for at least 15 minutes at a time to allow trains through.

Stonea Railway Bridge was hit on Saturday afternoon - just days after reopening following lengthy repairs. (44415698)
Stonea Railway Bridge was hit on Saturday afternoon - just days after reopening following lengthy repairs. (44415698)

At the time the underpass was closed the bridge had been hit 15 times in 10 months.

This week much to the joy of drivers the repairs to the bridge have finally been completed and the underpass has reopened.

But after reopening on Tuesday the newly strengthened bridge was hit on Saturday afternoon by a car transporter.

Fortunately no one was injured in the accident but a spokesman for Network Rail said: “We’ve installed an impact protection beam, which is lower than the bridge, in order to prevent high vehicles from hitting the bridge itself.

"We are aware that a few motorists have scraped underneath the beam and those who drive vehicles that do not fit should use the level crossing instead in future."

Stonea railway underpass has finally reopened after extensive repairs. (44350597)
Stonea railway underpass has finally reopened after extensive repairs. (44350597)

She said engineers had carried out inspection



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