Archive for July, 2018

July 19, 2018

Breydon Bridge – shallows

A shallow area has built up in the channel at the entrance of the southern span of Breydon Bridge (which would normally be used when leaving Breydon).  This effects deep drafted vessels around the time of low water only.  These vessels are advised to use the centre span of Breydon Bridge around low water until further notice.  Please note the centre span is 0.5m lower than the side spans which the gauge boards are set to.  Please plan your journey accordingly. The centre and northern spans are not affected. Bridge lifts can be requested as normal.  For further information please contact Broads Control on 01603 756056.

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July 2, 2018

Somerleyton Swing Bridge – Trial Water Spraying

Officers of the Broads Authority and Network Rail have been meeting regularly over a long period to discuss the significant problems that arise for boat owners when the two swing bridges at Reedham and Somerleyton are unable to open in very hot weather as a result of the thermal expansion of the rails.

One of the potential short term measures considered was to cool the rails by spraying water on them. There is no fresh water at Somerleyton and the engineers have concerns about the impact of using semi-saline water on the bridge structure.

However, given the current very high temperatures, the company is going to pump water out of the river onto the Somerleyton bridge for the next two weekends as a trial in an effort to keep it operational. Boat owners should therefore be aware that water drawn from the river will be cascading off the bridge back into the river.

Network Rail is doing its best to obtain the necessary equipment so that water spraying can commence this weekend (30 June – 01 July).

As of 2 July the Broads Authority has been informed that Somerleyton Swing Bridge is operating again.