A double-decker bus hit the railway bridge in Truro yesterday, causing trains and road traffic to be halted.

There were no passengers on board the Go Cornwall Bus, which was out-of-service and running between depots.  

A Go Cornwall spokesperson said that while the height of the bus was under the maximum height limit at the centre of the bridge in Kenwyn Road, the curvature of the bridge resultedin the vehicle becoming wedged beneath it while passing through.  

“We worked with both the emergency services and Network Rail to clear the incident andmake sure disruption was kept to a minimum,” said the spokesperson.

A Network Rail representative confirmed that the company was notified at 4.05pm by the signaller, and trains had to be stopped in both directions due to the “double amber” nature of the incident.

A safety inspection took place, revealing superficial damage including paint scrapes, but no actual damage to brickwork.

Trains began running again at 4.40pm, the bus was removed at approximately 5.25pm, and the control log was closed at 5.30pm.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed it was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a double-decker bus and a railway bridge at around 4pm, adding: “There were no reports of any injuries. Local road closures were put in place for a time. The road was reopened at around 5.55pm.”