Lorry strikes railway bridge as journeys on major route affected

The lorry collided with a railway bridge with journeys disrupted on Thursday.

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A lorry struck a railway bridge in West Lothian causing disruption to passengers on a major route.

Network Rail reported a lorry striking the bridge in the village of Addiewell at around 1.35pm on Thursday afternoon with the railway closed temporarily.

Specialist teams were sent to the area to investigate the damage done to the bridge.

Services on the Glasgow Central to Edinburgh via Shotts routes were affected by delays and alterations while the collision was investigated.

Lines were able to reopen at around 2.40pm with ticket acceptance put in place on Lothian Buses while disruption was ongoing.

Police say a driver was issued with a fixed penalty notice in connection with a road traffic offence.

Network Rail posted on X: “A lorry has collided with a railway bridge in Addiewell.

“As a result, we’ve had to close the railway over bridge until specialist engineers are able to check that no damage has been done and it’s safe for trains to run.”

ScotRail updated passengers at around 2.40pm, saying: “Disruption caused by a lorry colliding with a bridge at Addiewell has now ended.

“Services between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh via Shotts are no longer being affected.

“We’re sorry if your journey with us was delayed due to this incident earlier today.”

A National Rail statement read: “Lines have reopened following a lorry striking a bridge at Addiewell. Trains running between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central may still be cancelled, delayed or revised.

“Disruption is expected until 4pm.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police were called to Station Road, Addiewell, around 1.10pm following a one vehicle crash on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

“The driver was issued with a fixed penalty notice in connection with a road traffic offence.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.

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