A Romford man was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after his HGV vehicle struck the bridge on Justsums Lane causing 621 hours of delays, eight cancelled trains amounting to £53,000 worth of problems for Network Rail.
The man from Havering-atte-Bower was charged in June this year after his Mercedes Atego struck the top of the bridge that has height restrictions.
At a court hearing on Monday, the man was issued with seven points on his licence and ordered to pay a fine.
Sergeant Alex Burlison from the Met Police Roads and Transport Commercial vehicle unit told the Havering Daily:
“Bridge strikes cause a great deal of problems. This particular incident caused 621 hours of delays as there are four lines that go across that bridge. This amounted to £53,000 worth for Network Rail and saw eight cancelled trains as a result.”
The bridge on Justums Lane in Romford has clear signs showing the height restrictions on it and has a one way system underneath it with traffic lights.
Great work by our police.