Posted: Mon 12th Jun 2017

Busy Deeside road closed tonight as battered railway bridge undergoes repairs

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 12th, 2017

Chester Road West will be closed from 9pm tonight through to 6am on Wednesday morning due to repair work on the railway bridge near to Shotton train station. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The bridge which could arguably be the most struck in north Wales has been hit on a fairly regular basis by heavy goods vehicles who’s drivers fail to spot the many warning signs on the approach to the bridge. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Network Rail will undertake defensive work on the bridge and replace damaged rubber impact barriers which come in for battering. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Network Rail Spokesperson said:

We will be carrying out work to replace the damaged rubber fixtures which have been installed to protect the structure in the event of a bridge strike. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause road users, however it is essential this repair work takes place. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Advance warning signs will be placed along the B5129, this will give people plenty of opportunities to turn around the cpuncil have said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Roadworks information

Route Number B5129
Location Chester Road West, Shotton
Type of Work Bridge Repairs
Traffic Management? Road Closure
Contractor Centurion Site Services 01924372957
Start Date 12/06/17 – 14/06/17
Start Time 2100hrs – 0600hrs
Duration 3 Nights

An HGV smashing into bridge, It’s a pretty regular occurrence in and around Flintshire, or so it seems. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

There’s barely a month goes by without some less than diligent truck driver getting their vehicle wedged under a railway bridge on Shotton High Street, Saltney or Penyffordd. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A ‘bridge strike’ involving a heavy good vehicle can leave main roads blocked for hours, traffic jams stretching for miles, trains stopped while rail engineers assess structural damage to bridges, but could cheap satnavs be the root cause of the issue? ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Wedged! this Irish registered lorry was stuck under Shotton railway bridge for several hours last summer – there are plenty of warning signs for advancing drivers… ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Local Government Association (LGA), the body which represents more than 370 councils in England and Wales seems to think so. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They are calling on changes to the law which would see the use of car satnavs used in HGV’s outlawed. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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All lorry drivers who use satnavs should be compelled to use commercial models say councils, and while the majority of lorry drivers are reputable and responsible, a minority cut corners by using cheaper satnavs designed for cars. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

GPS systems designed for lorries include information on bridge heights and narrow roads and allow lorry drivers to enter their vehicle dimensions to ensure they are instructed to follow a suitable route. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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