Trains cancelled between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare as vehicle hits bridge
PUBLISHED: 11:05 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 13 July 2017
Train services have been cancelled between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare after a vehicle struck a bridge in North Somerset this morning (Thursday).
The incident, between Yatton and Nailsea & Backwell Railway Station, has meant many train services have been delayed or cancelled.
Trains between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads may be delayed by up to 40 minutes, cancelled completely or diverted.
The incident took place at around 9am and Cross Country and Great Western Railway services are affected.
Bridge strikes – where a vehicle crashes into a bridge that carries the railway or into a bridge over the railway – can cause significant delays because once a bridge has been hit, no trains can travel over it until it has been checked to ensure it is safe. Great Western Railway says passengers can expect disruption until at least 6pm.
A GWR spokesman said: “Arrangements have been made for Great Western Railway rail tickets to be accepted for these journeys.
“Cross Country are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.
“South West Trains are conveying passengers via any reasonable route until further notice.”