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This paper brings together the findings of an RTIG research project carried out in 2021 into Low Bridge strikes.

This has been a problem for high-sided vehicles such as HGVs and buses for a long time and can be very costly - both in economic and human terms.

There was a focus on HGV bridge strikes around 2010-2012 arising from the huge damage being done to the rail network. Similarly, bus operators have understandably been focussing on the issue in light of the spate of very serious bus bridge strikes in 2020.

The primary function of the research and this report is to raise awareness of the problem in the UK bus industry; and offer some guidance on how bus operators might prevent and ultimately - eradicate the problem.

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