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Update On The Swing Bridges

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Laura (Broads Authority) has just updated me that both Reedham & Somerleyton Bridge are none operational until after 1700 today.

I will update you if there are any changes.

Regards

Alan

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Alan do you have a number to call them? I need them open this weekend or not going to be happy!!!

anyone got some TNT?

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Hi Mark for the last week the bridges have only been opening later in the day, we didn't get held up too much  last weekend as we only need 8' 6'ft Our neighbour only got back to his moorings at  Brundall at 11.30 last night.

tel numbers

Somerleyton 01502 730510  Reedham 01603 675372

Good luck, enjoy.

John

 

 

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Hi John. I have bridge numbers wanted the contact at the BA

I didn't bother last weekend as I knew they would be stuck. 

Having got stuck at reedham a few weeks ago when they lost power I'm getting fed up with them. Every year it's the same old story. 

Mind you the BA do nothing so maybe I should just stay at home!!!

if I get stuck the wrong side of Somerleyton, even at low tide I can't get through. At least I can at reedham. 

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Its been cool and breezy all day today so no need for the only after 1700hrs swings as a result of heat anyway. 

They just seem to do what suits.  

In my opinion Network Rail need to pull their finger out and take the necessary steps with the infrastructure to provide reliable openings and the BA in taking our money should be on to them and making sure they are doing it! 

For starters when did either bridge last get a coat of paint?!

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8 hours ago, Baitrunner said:

Hi John. I have bridge numbers wanted the contact at the BA

I didn't bother last weekend as I knew they would be stuck. 

Having got stuck at reedham a few weeks ago when they lost power I'm getting fed up with them. Every year it's the same old story. 

Mind you the BA do nothing so maybe I should just stay at home!!!

if I get stuck the wrong side of Somerleyton, even at low tide I can't get through. At least I can at reedham. 

Hi Mark what is your air draft? at 9 foot 8 inches we have managed to get under Somerleyton bridge but it is a faff and not on in wet weather.

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Alan at 11' 8" Somerleyton gets very messy!!!! And that is with everything down so on a wet day guess who gets soaked?

reedham is doable but then low water isn't always convenient. 

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Rest assured that the Authority is constantly reminding Network Rail of its responsibilities. Whether the time is right for a legal challenge is open to debate but cost has to be a factor.

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There happy to waste money on other legal actions that probably aren't that important. Well to me they aren't anyway:bow

seeing as the mainline is going to have problems today I doubt the bridges will be top priority.  

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Whilst there are obviously people who use the trains for those of us that dont in this area they are the cause of a lot of inconvenience to road and river users.  

Some of us not only get affected by the inadequate swing bridges but also by the traffic chaos in Oulton Broad caused by the the Level Crossings.

I need to go to North Lowestoft soon, what with Oulton Broad and now the roadworks on Battery Green in Lowestoft Im wondering if I should take a few days food and water with me! 

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This is the latest update on the bridges.

Broads Authority has been informed by Network Rail that all swing bridges will be closed to river traffic from 10:00 until 19:00 on Wednesday 21 June 2017 due to extreme temperatures.

It looks as if I am going to inform my fellow owners that Somerleyton is going to be an issue yet again.

Regards

Alan

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I wonder if you got a coastal merchantman and sailed it straight at the bridge, whether they would somehow find that yes they could open it?

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Not if the interlocking pin has expanded they couldn't Grendon that locks everything bridge signals points the lot

Charlie

Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app

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Today's latest update:-

The Authority has been informed that Reedham Bridge is unable to open to river traffic due to a breakdown.  Engineers have been called.

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You are kidding me?

i spoke to Broads control at 1 pm and they told me both bridges were operational again. So I was happy  

Then one breaks?

this is beyond a joke!!!

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Lowestoft Bridge gives priority to commercial shipping but not pleasure craft, perhaps understandably. Network rail just does not maintain its bridges. Time for local MP's to act on our behalf.

This is what is required of the railway companies:

15User of bridges.

Where the company constructs a bridge with an opening span, it shall not be lawful for the company to detain any vessel, barge, or boat at the bridge for a longer time than may be necessary for admitting a carriage or engine traversing the railway and approaching the bridge to cross the bridge, and for opening the bridge to admit the vessel, barge, or boat to pass; and the company shall be subject to and shall abide by such regulations with regard to the user of the bridge as may from time to time be made by the Board of Trade.

If the company detains a vessel, barge, or boat longer than the time aforesaid, or fails in any respect to abide by any such regulation as aforesaid, they shall for every such offence be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty pounds, without prejudice to any remedy against them for any loss or damage sustained by any person.

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An update from Laura at Broads Authority this morning states that Reedham bridge is now operable. Trowse bridge is operable but 24 hours notice is required to Network Rail to open it.

Regards

Alan

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They behaved all weekend. But it was not as hot as it had been earlier in the week. 

Still plenty of summer to go still - I hope 

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