Guest Posted July 4, 2010 Share Posted July 4, 2010 Hi all, an update on Somerleyton Bridge!!! After a fabulous weekend meet with many other NBN members at WRC, with the sea conditions not looking good to get back, a few of us chose to see if the bridge test at "somerleyton" would allow us to pass through at the same time, and cut out the sea route. On arrival things didnt look good and the bridge were none too keen to let the three of us (R&R, Clandestine and Sea Hunter) attempt to pass through on their "test". Infact, beyond that, there was no further communication from the bridge! More than less than helpful! After an hour of waiting for some kind of advice as to whether they were going to attempt a swing, we called the BA and suggested they might want to send a ranger to "negotiate " our passage, as by this time, Ian, robert and I had anchored in the approach to the bridge and we were causing uneccessary grief to other boaters! BA responded promptly and sent a lovely chap (who we know) and we explained that we needed to make a decision on whether to wait till tide drops and start removing boat parts to get under the bridge later, or all take a detour and moor up at Lukes (luckys) oulton broad establishment!!! With the help of the BA, we learnt that the earlier attempts to test swing had failed due to the hot weather causing the bridge to stick (ie nothing to do with the bearing that was being replaced). Anyway to cut a long story short....another attempt was made at 4pm to open and.....wooo-hoo...they opened the bridge fully...allowing the three of us to pass! Now! We cannot confirm that the bridge is now functioning as normal...we can only say that we did infact pass through it this afternoon, so things are looking quite promising!. I will take this opportunity to say how impressed I was with the response from BA to send a ranger at literally minutes notice to assist us in resolving what could have turned out to be an ugly situation!!! (ie three sealines forming a blockade!!!!) : : Leroy Bling (aka Volvo pentaman!) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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