Mind you don't scratch the paint when you drive the dumper across fetching spent ballast!!!!
Just let us hope that the HGV drivers of 2014 can read
The bridge is looking superb. Aside from the obvious warnings on its sides, will you be taking extra measures to monitor it, perhaps by installing a webcam at height on the bracket signal, so that, should a strike occur, you could identify the perpetrator?
A wonderful job, well done to the Contractor! There are ways, of course, of monitoring the bridge in case of strikes, the East Coast Main Line near my home has several low bridges and they are all monitored by CCTV cameras (this still doesn't stop the determined scrappie lorry, ex-Eastern-Bloc truck etc but it does help with evidence) but this monitoring would be expected on one of the busiest main lines in the UK. Nonetheless, the Evesham Road bridge has been beautifully restored and I'm sure there will be monitoring in place.
As a lower cost preventative measure, perhaps you could speak to the local planners about installing a gantry barrier 40 feet or so before the bridge on both sides. I've seen these used locally, they're just a scaffold bar basically, but people tend to stop when they hear the bang of hitting that before they follow through on the bridge itself. I thin k there's one near a busy reclamation yard I've visited, will try to get a picture. re CCTV, you'd need high spec cameras to be worth investing in, if the quality's poor a good solitor will pee all over it in court, I work for an insurance firm and we use a particularly good one for that purpose....
Rest assured, the Board has put in place arrangements to ensure that bridges are monitored for bridge strikes.Our Civil Enginering Director has this in hand.
Bill,Great Job. I hear some locals have been whingeing they had to make a detour while WIP. Perhaps seeing this excellent work they'll come to appreciate the GWR.
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