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Bus Swap Driver Hits Kirkcaldy Rail Bridge - 6598/11106
Written by Lee on Thursday, 27th March 2008

A bus has lost most of its roof after the driver forgot he had switched from a single to a double decker and tried to drive it under a bridge (link below.)

The Stagecoach bus hit the Kirkcaldy railway bridge at about 1215 GMT on Wednesday after taking a wrong turn.

One of the seven passengers travelling between Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy had slight head injuries.

It happened in Dunnikier Road under the bridge, which carries the main east coast railway line.

Network Rail inspected the bridge for damage.

This sort of thing happened on a number of occasions in the past at the bridge adjacent to Portchester railway station, in my part of the world. These days though, all the services near there are operated by single-decker buses.

Re: Bus Swap Driver Hits Kirkcaldy Rail Bridge - 6598/12743
Written by Lee on Friday, 22nd August 2008

A double decker bus has had part of its roof ripped off after crashing into a bridge (link below.)

The accident, involving a Stagecoach bus, happened on Tuesday after the driver went under the bridge on Dunnikier Road, Kirkcaldy, Fife.

The driver was taking his bus back to the depot at the time, but the route is only meant for single deck vehicles.

It is the fifth time in the last few years that a double decker has hit the bridge.

The bus was out of service and only the driver was onboard when the accident happened at about 1800 BST. He was uninjured.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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