Network Rail blames sat-nav for 2,000 bridge strikes a year

2 Mar 2008 (provided by Transit), Category: Rail Civil engineering & electrification

Network Rail has said that driver dependence on satellite navigation systems is now responsible for damage to some 2,000 bridges on the rail network every year, causing 5,000 hours of delays. Drivers are relying too heavily on GPS units, in particular those driving trucks too large for the bridges. More signs have been put up. However, the rail infrastructure provider is also attempting to map all of the UK’s low bridges and level crossings so that the information can be added to GPS software.

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