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Barberstown level crossing "destroyed" by a tractor today - much disruption as a result.

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Re. bridges; there's a simple solution. Build those extremely rigid steel bars across the road either side of them. Thus: driver wrecks his vehicle on contact, but railway unscathed*.

 

With automatic half barriers, replace with those retractable bollards, which up-end anyone trying to dodge them. All will take money and time, but if done, offers a permanent solution.

 

(* ...unless it's the Nenagh branch, in which case IE will rub their hands in glee at another excuse to close it for six months "just in case"....)

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Re. bridges; there's a simple solution. Build those extremely rigid steel bars across the road either side of them. Thus: driver wrecks his vehicle on contact, but railway unscathed*.

 

With automatic half barriers, replace with those retractable bollards, which up-end anyone trying to dodge them. All will take money and time, but if done, offers a permanent solution.

 

(* ...unless it's the Nenagh branch, in which case IE will rub their hands in glee at another excuse to close it for six months "just in case"....)

 

http://www.irishrail.ie/news/bridgestrikes-enterpriseireland

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Re. bridges; there's a simple solution. Build those extremely rigid steel bars across the road either side of them. Thus: driver wrecks his vehicle on contact, but railway unscathed*.

 

With automatic half barriers, replace with those retractable bollards, which up-end anyone trying to dodge them. All will take money and time, but if done, offers a permanent solution.

 

(* ...unless it's the Nenagh branch, in which case IE will rub their hands in glee at another excuse to close it for six months "just in case"....)

 

Yep - big stout steel frame either side of a bridge at the level of the bridge would do it. I like your idea for the retractable bollards for LCs, only this would be very very expensive & time consuming to do

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Kiltartan crossing destroyed by a van.

 

 

It boggles the mind how the driver did not see the triangle of three flashing red lights on both sides of the road. The cyclist had the advantage of hearing if a train was coming which would have been unlikely within mere seconds of the barrier coming down. I understand there is a fail safe system that alerts trains if the barriers are damaged or not down properly. Must cause a great time inconvenience to passengers while the scene is cleared for the train to continue on its journey of at all.

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30 minute delays to Maynooth due to Coolmine crossing being damaged - by a cyclist.

Is there no end..?

 

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I was going to post these pictures of a West Coast Main Line bridge that I took having a wander about after the Haywood Exhibition, with a comment along the lines of "It's only likely to be hit by the odd mountain bike - or, maybe, a pushchair in the drier weather". Although, it does look substantial enough to survive either of those.

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On 26/10/2017 at 2:09 PM, Broithe said:

Mmm, the UK has a bridge-strike spike in the last week of October - it will be interesting to see what happens next week.

Well, there you go - one straight away.
 

 

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You can cause disruption, even if there is not a bridge available to hit.

 

 

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You don't even need a motor vehicle, an unsecured trampoline on a windy day will suffice.

 

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