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Whoops! Carrbridge mistaken for Cambridge in railway bridge sign gaffe

By Philip Murray

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Whoops, back to the presses for this one. Picture: Duncan Macpherson.
Whoops, back to the presses for this one. Picture: Duncan Macpherson.

Railway engineers have been left with egg on their faces after a sign on a new rail bridge on the Highland Mainline mistakenly mentioned Cambridge instead of Carrbridge.

A new railway bridge was erected at Lynebeg, Moy in late 2021, replacing an older structure in the process.

As with many rail bridges, engineers usually erect a sign on them describing the bridge's location on the network as a means of aiding the public in identifying sites where bridge strikes have occurred or repairs are urgently needed.

However, someone at the printing presses appears to have got their wires crossed after a local councillor who represents the ward in which the bridge is located spotted that the sign listed its location as being "between Cambridge and Inverness".

And, while technically true, we suspect the sign was meant to say "Carrbidge", seeing as it is the nearest station after heading south out of Inverness.

The sign reads: "This is bridge UB 290/286. Between Cambridge and Inverness. In the event of any road vehicle striking this bridge please phone the rail authority on 0141 335 3399 as quickly as possible. The safety of trains may be affected. This bridge is owned by Network Rail."

Taking to social media to flag up Network Rail's humorous goof, Cllr Duncan Macpherson, who represented Inverness South, joked: "The Network Rail bridge name plate suggests that it's on a yet to be created train route between Cambridge and Inverness?

"Maybe Carrbridge would be more accurate," he added with a laughing emoji.

Responding, Network Rail Scotland appeared to acknowledge the error, saying: "Well spotted! Let me highlight that one to the team."

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