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Train services suspended due to lorry wedged under railway bridge near Bury St Edmunds

Train services between Ipswich to Cambridge and Ipswich to Peterborough have been suspended after a lorry hit a bridge this morning.

Suffolk Police were alerted at 7.35am to reports of a lorry wedged under a railway bridge, off Newmarket Road, at Little Saxham.

The vehicle is awaiting recovery but train services are unable to pass the bridge.

The 10.20am Ipswich to Cambridge (10.57am Bury St Edmunds) has been cancelled, as has the 11.47am Cambridge to Ipswich (12.26pm Bury St Edmunds).

There is a limited bus service in operation between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds as well as Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

A train service is running between Newmarket and Cambridge.

Bridge strike at Little Saxham. Picture: Network Rail (26383578)
Bridge strike at Little Saxham. Picture: Network Rail (26383578)

Network Rail engineers are helping to free the vehicle so they can examine the bridge for damage and carry out any necessary repairs.

Network Rail says bridge strikes can cost the UK taxpayer about £23 million a year.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail route director for Anglia, said: "There is no excuse to not know the height of your vehicle before starting your journey.

"As well as putting lives in danger on both road and rail and causing lengthy delays for passengers and road users, drivers who chance it at bridges are at risk of losing their licenses and leaving their employers with a hefty bill for repairs and train delay costs, along with a strong threat to their own operators licence."

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