Thurlow Park Railway Bridge

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The railway bridge over the South Circular in Thurlow Park, Lambeth, is hit by HGVs more than any other railway bridge in the UK. What commitment can the Mayor offer in terms of future infrastructure investment to support local residents, rail passengers and car users that have been impacted by this bridge strikes?


Answer for Thurlow Park Railway Bridge

Answer for Thurlow Park Railway Bridge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The low bridge at Thurlow Park Road is owned by Network Rail. TfL has worked in collaboration with Network Rail, Lambeth Borough Council and local residents, to review the options for mitigating the risks. TfL has invested in a number of measures such as clearly signing an alternative route, installing larger bridge height restriction signs on the bridge itself.  In collaboration with Network Rail, it has painted black and yellow chevrons on the bridge to highlight the maximum height available to vehicles and added large "Low Bridge" signs to the structure. In addition, new electronic over-height warning systems were successfully commissioned on Friday 15 July 2016, which use infra-red beams and a sensor in the carriageway to detect when a tall vehicle approaches the bridge, triggering a warning message on a nearby sign to advise them to divert.

In general, TfL is working with Network Rail, the MPS and the British Transport Police on how these types of incidents are prevented and investigated in London. The MPS Commercial Vehicle Unit issue Fixed Penalty Notices for driving without due care in cases of bridge strikes and TfL is looking at recovering the costs of these strikes from the perpetrator, as well as reporting persistent offenders to the Traffic Commissioner who can examine their fitness to operate.