Bridge strike protection

​Protection beam, Countess Street, Brisbane city.

Queensland Rail's bridge strike protection program aims to prevent over-height vehicles from colliding with rail bridges in South East Queensland.

Bridge strikes can cause costly damage and frustrating delays for road and rail users and can also be extremely dangerous, which is why Queensland Rail is making every effort to prevent them.

These specially designed protection beams also significantly reduce the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over should it strike the beam.

Queensland Rail is committed to reducing the likelihood and impact of bridge strikes through engineering solutions and working with police on enforcement. 

Every bridge is fitted with a height clearance sign and it's up to motorists to stay focused and be aware of their vehicle's height and load.

Motorists who damage Queensland Rail infrastructure, including bridges, face penalties of up to $8,800, in addition to the repair bill.

Current works locations

Oxley Road, Sherwood - bridge safety monioring equipment

  • Works Notice (night works), January 2018  PDF  |  DOC 

Completed locations

Countess Street, Brisbane city - protection beam

  • Works Notice (RESCHEDULED road closure and night works), 10 December 2017  DOC  | PDF
  • Works Notice (road closure POSTPONED), 3 December 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Works Notice (night works), November 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Works Notice (night works), October 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Fact Sheet, August 2017  DOC  |  PDF

 Pine Street, Wynnum - protection beams

  • Works Notice (road closure and night works), December 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Works Notice (road closure and night works - beam installation), July 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Fact Sheet, May 2017  DOC  |  PDF

Alma Road, Dakabin - protection beams

  • Works Notice (road closure), November 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Works Notice (road closure - beam installation), October 2017  DOC  |  PDF
  • Fact Sheet, July 2017  PDF

Find out more

The following locations have been installed with bridge strike protection beams:

 Bridge impact detection

Queensland Rail's Bridge Impact Detection System project allows for bridge strikes to be remotely reported back to Queensland Rail via a Structural Monitoring and Alert System (SMAS).

The SMAS provides remote sensing and video monitoring of bridges to allow for immediate assessment of the impact after a vehicle collision. After a bridge collision Queensland Rail is forced to slow or halt trains running along that line while an inspection occurs to ensure that the track is still safe to run on. The SMAS system helps to reduce the time to get trains running again.

The SMAS includes sensors mounted to the bridge structure to monitor and measure the force of an impact, along with a CCTV system to allow remote viewing and recording of the incident. Queensland Rail manages all personal information that may be captured via this process in accordance with its obligations under the Information Privacy Act 2009. For more information, see Queensland Rail's Privacy Statement.

Queensland Rail is committed to reducing the likelihood and impact of bridge strikes through engineering solutions including the SMAS system and working with police on enforcement. 

It's up to motorists to stay focused and be aware of their vehicle's height and load.

Motorists who damage Queensland Rail infrastructure, including bridges, face penalties of up to $8,800, in addition to the repair bill.

The following locations have been installed with the bridge impact detection system:

  • Pickering Street, Gaythorne
  • Cribb Street, Milton
  • Park Road, Milton
  • Leis Parade, Lawnton
  • Annerley Road, Dutton Park
  • Ernest Street, South Bank
  • Price Street, Nambour
  • Peel Street, South Brisbane
  • Sylvan Road, Toowong
  • Gladstone Road, Wulkuraka
  • Bergin Street, Booval
  • Neill Road, Mooloolah
  • Pine Street, Wynnum
  • Countess Street, Brisbane  
  • Price St, Nambour
  • Muriel Ave, Moorooka
  • Boomerang St, Milton
  • Allwood St, Indooroopilly
  • Oxley Rd, Corinda
  • Logan Rd, Buranda
  • Bergin St, Booval
  • Park Rd, Milton
  • Tribune St, South Bank
  • Gladstone Rd, Wulkaraka
  • Dixon St, Wulkaraka.