Passengers who were trying to ride trains between Reading and Didcot Parkway were hit with delays Monday, Nov. 17, after a lorry became stuck under a bridge near Cow Lane in Reading. The truck called for help after becoming stuck around 11:45 a.m. Police said that the rail line was open about an hour later after they got the truck out.
To start with, National Rail said that accident caused delays that were expected to only last until 2 p.m. Unfortunately, National Rail was put behind schedule much later than what it had hope. By 3:30 p.m. it was reported that there were still delays on this route. First Great Western said that its services were delayed on the line by more than an hour. By 3:30 p.m., delays of 40 minutes were still being reported.
It didn't take long to get the truck out, but afterward, a structural engineer had to check the bridge for damage. After the check was done, trains were able to continue on this route.
The bridges in Cow Lane are part of a new multi-million pound improvement project in Reading. Officials say that the new bridges are needed because the old structures that were there were becoming unstable. They were so narrow that cars would frequently hit the sides of the bridges. The goal for the new bridges is to prevent that from happening. However, it appears that they could be made a bit taller.