Britain's 'Most Bashed Bridge' Hit For The 120th Time Since 2009

A bridge that has earned a reputation for being Britain's 'most bashed bridge' has been struck by a vehicle once again, just days after a brand new sign was erected to stop exactly that happening.

Seriously though, this bloody bridge has been battered into more than 100 times. 120 times since 2009, to be precise. That's a lot.

It's not as if you'd miss the bridge, either. On top of the new sign that reads "WARNING VERY LOW BRIDGE" in huge letters, it's covered in fluorescent and black stripes to attract further attention to the fact that it is - well - a VERY LOW BRIDGE.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

So low, in fact, that it is only 9 feet tall.

Now, you could forgive someone in a large van for making such a miscalculation but judging by the size of the lorry that crashed into it most recently, it just starts to look a bit like laziness.

There doesn't seem to be any way that this particular truck was ever getting under there. Guess what? It didn't.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Stuntney Bridge, which is situated in Ely, Cambridgeshire, was smashed into once again on Monday afternoon.

The HGV that whacked straight into it - seriously, how did the driver think it was going to make it? - was left propped up at an unnatural angle on its side and had its roof partially torn off. Oh dear.

According to the police, who tweeted out some pictures of the bizarre event, said that the driver has since been prosecuted.

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Credit: SWNS

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council then later confirmed that the work to improve the safety of the bridge - namely the gigantic signs warning not to drive into it in vehicles that are too big - had been completed only last week.

Waste of money, if people are just going to do stuff like this anyway.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "A lorry struck the bridge at 14.54 today [Mon].

"There were some temporary speed restrictions in place in the area but these were removed at 15.35.

"There were no injuries but it did cause some damage to the bridge.

"Traffic in the area has now returned to normal."

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Credit: SWNS

The spokesperson continued: "Today's incident prompted Network Rail to reiterate its 'wise up, size up' message to drivers of all high vehicles.

"Drivers need to know the height of their vehicle, not guess. In short: Wise up, size up."Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

Wise up, size up. That sounds like a decent rule to follow. Either that, or remain vigilant for signs that say things like "WARNING VERY LOW BRIDGE" before you get stuck under a very low bridge.

We shouldn't have to remind people of that...

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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