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Risk assessment


The article on the fatal rail bridge crash in Dorset (NCE 20 June) seemed to lack logic.

The need for additional barriers is to prevent cars leaving the road and causing a danger to trains. With all sympathy to those involved, in this case the train stopped in good time, thereby showing that barriers might not be required on the bridge for this purpose.

There are many sections of road which are dangerous if a car goes out of control and leaves the carriageway - but this has nothing to do with the Selby crash and improvements to bridge parapets. Surely the issue is whether there is a risk to trains, not to the motorist.

Ben Bridgens, b. n. bridgens@ncl. ac. uk

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