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Railways: Bridges

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd November 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the potential saving to the public purse arising from placing collision protection beams at bridges which have a high incidence of strikes from lorries or other vehicles.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

This is an operational matter for Network Rail as the responsible authority for railway infrastructure. Network Rail does place collision protection beams on many susceptible bridges where there is a history of bridge strikes. The provision of collision protection beams is a matter jointly for the highways authority and Network Rail and subject to Highway Agency design standard BD65/97.

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