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Mariners Notice Regarding Opening Of Reeddham & Somerleyton Bridges

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Good morning all,


Please find attached an updated Notice to Mariners regarding the openings of Reedham and Somerleyton Swing Bridges during the improvement works this Autumn and Winter. Thank you for your patience whilst we have been ironing out some of the details.


A few items have been clarified and longer opening times have been arranged during the restricted periods to allow vessels to transit both bridges, between 10:00am and 11:15am.




If you have any questions please contact Broads.Control@broads-authority.gov.uk who will be able to help.





Tom Waterfall

Senior Communications Officer

Direct dial 01603 756034


Broads Authority 

Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road, Norwich NR1 1RY


Please note that my normal working hours are 8.00am – 4.45pm Monday to Friday, with alternate Mondays as non-working days.


If I am out of the office I will deal with your email on my return, alternatively please contact another member of the Communications team.

Navigation Restriction – Reedham Swing Bridge (River Yare) & Somerleyton Swing Bridge (River Waveney) Notice is hereby given that Murphy Construction Ltd will be undertaking major maintenance works on the Reedham and Somerleyton Swing Bridges, from Saturday 24 September 2022 until Saturday 29 April 2023. The maintenance works will involve the replacement of the existing hydraulic swing systems. Note: During the works the navigation will remain open, but the bridge central spans will be restricted to specific opening times during the below dates. Outside of the named dates below, the bridges will be able to open on demand. • From Sat 24 Sept to Mon 26 Sept - One opening per day at 10:00am to 11:15am • From Sat 08 Oct to Mon 10 Oct - One opening per day at 10:00am to 11:15am • From Sat 22 Oct to Mon 31 Oct - One opening per day at 10:00am to 11:15am Normal Service will resume from 01 November 2022 until 12 March 2023 From 13 March 2023 until Saturday 29 April 2023: 2 openings – 3 days a week • Tuesdays: 10:00am to 11:15am & 2:00pm to 3:15pm • Thursdays: 10:00am to 11:15am & 2:00pm to 3:15pm • Sundays: 10:00am to 11:15am & 2:00pm to 3:15pm Bridge Height Information • Reedham Swing Bride 10’ • Somerleyton Swing Bridge 8’ 6” NB in all cases, tidal levels can vary considerably and so affect the above figures. When route planning do not risk going through the bridges unless you have sufficient clearance, always check the gauge at the side of the bridge.

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