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Residents have expressed safety fears after a lorry smashed into a railway bridge in south-west London.

A HGV struck a railway bridge in Mortlake Road, Kew, at about 1.15pm and spilled its contents of concrete slabs fell onto the pavement, witnesses said.

The crash sparked chaos on the roads and railway,  with congestion on the South Circular and train services between Richmond and Gunnersbury affected.

Consultant Rosanda McGrath, 52, who lives near to the bridge, said urgent action was needed to stop vehicles becoming wedged underneath after previous “major incidents”.

She said neighbours could be at risk from objects falling off lorries when during a bridge strike or even from the arch collapsing.

She told the Standard: “For me this happens far too often. I find myself out on the street frequently helping reversing lorries from the bridge.

“I was sitting at my computer when it hit and the whole house shook. It hit the bridge hard and unfortunately I’m used to the noise.

“When we get a strike it causes absolute gridlock in the area, it is pandemonium because it is just a narrow section on the South Circular.

“I’m not sure who is responsible but I want to see it resolved as I feel it is a risk to public health. Concrete slabs had fallen off the lorry, what if someone was walking past.”

Mrs McGrath said she had lived in the area for 15 years, adding there had been at least five similar incidents.

She added when drivers have hit the bridge they have told her the height restrictions are not highlighted on online maps.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We received a report of a bridge strike at 1.25pm.

“There were some delays to services between Gunnersbury and Richmond while an inspection took place, with the all-clear given at 1.54pm.”

A Transport for London spokesman added District line services were delayed between Turnham Green and Richmond after a lorry hit a bridge at Kew Gardens.

The line was further disrupted by signal failure at Upminster – the third time a fault has been reported in as many days.

Source: Residents voice safety fears after lorry smashes into bridge in Kew | Transport | News | London Evening Standard

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