Birmingham road reopens after £100,000 repair to bridge damaged by drivers

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A Birmingham road has reopened after being closed for six months.

Landor Street, in the Bordesley Green area, was shut after damage caused to a railway bridge by drivers of vehicles too high to fit under it.

A new steel collision protection beam has now been installed after the previous one was hit 32 times in ten years.

Network Rail said the repair job had cost more than £100,000 and had caused disruption to local companies.

Workmen reopen Landor Street after bridge repairs
Workmen reopen Landor Street after bridge repairs

Piers Burford, project manager for Network Rail, said: “I’d like to thank business owners and local people who have been impacted as a result of the road closure, which was caused by careless drivers not knowing the height of their vehicles.

“Bridge strikes are entirely avoidable, cost taxpayers millions of pounds and cause delays to tens of thousands of rail passengers every year. As we’ve seen, they can also cause significant disruption to local areas.

“Our message is simple to lorry drivers – know, don’t guess the height of your vehicle.”

“Significant disruption”

Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet member for transport and environment at Birmingham City Council, said there was no excuse for drivers to strike a bridge.

“I am pleased that Landor Street has been reopened to traffic after six months,” he said.

“Repeated bridge strikes at this location have caused significant disruption to small business owners and I would urge drivers of HGVs to ensure that they are fully aware of the height of their vehicles to prevent this from happening again.

“There really is no excuse for anyone driving an HGV not to know the size of their vehicle.”

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