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August 10, 2018

Works near Breydon Bridge – 12th and 13th August

Emergency work to remove the shallow area immediately upstream of the south span of Breydon Bridge will be undertaken between 16:00 and 20:00 on Sunday 12 August and 17:00 and 21:00 on Monday 13 August 2018. Boats travelling from Breydon towards Great Yarmouth will be required to use the central span during this time.


If you have any questions please contact Broads Control on 01603 756056, VHF Channel 12 or email

August 6, 2018

Upcoming work at Horsey Staithe

The Broads Internal Drainage Board (IDB) are undertaking a 12 week major engineering project at Horsey Staithe from the 3rd September 2018, in order to replace a damaged culvert.

In January 2016 the wooden culvert which takes the IDB watercourse under Horsey boat dyke failed, allowing water from Horsey Mere to spill into the surrounding area in a dangerous and uncontrolled manner. This threatened the flood defence, the environment, as well as local infrastructure and emergency works to temperately stem the flow were carried out. Government funding has now been received, which will enable a full culvert replacement to be completed.

Why are we doing this?

The Norfolk Broads is not a landscape of chance, it is a living landscape of engineering ingenuity and skill. The work we are carrying out represents the latest in a long line of projects, which help to hold the landscape in its finely balanced structure. This is a major civil engineering project, replacing an oak box culvert from the early 1900’s, which will help maintain Horsey Mere and its surrounding landscape for the next generation.

What are we doing?

We are starting work on 3rd September, after the school summer holidays. During July and August we will mobilising our equipment onto the marsh, and starting the stockpiling of clay material, so that everything is in place to enable us to be ready to start work without any delays.

Environmental mitigation for protected species, to facilitate the works, such as vegetation cutting and monitoring by ecologists, will also start during this period.
Whilst work is being carried out no public or private moorings will be available, as in order to rebuild the culvert we will need to put sheet piles across Horsey Staithe, cutting off the access. To compensate for this, we are installing 50m of linear pontoons to create temporary moorings for use by all, including Ross’ Wildlife Boat Trips, who will have a dedicated mooring.

We will also be diverting the footpath to enable people to access the area with minimal disturbance.

Local footpaths and access will be affected during works, with footpath diversions and closures in place from 3rd September. Road access will not be impacted and by using the pontoons visitors will still have access to Horsey Mere and the businesses within it.

Temporary Moorings
The floating pontoons are made from high molecular weight polyethylene with an anti slip surface. Each square metre provides 350kg of buoyancy with a safe working load of 175kg – a correctly configured installation will support a tank!

Horsey Mill
We are working closely with the National Trust to ensure Horsey Mill and the visitor centre and tea room will not be affected by works being carried out.

© Rodney Burton

For enquires regarding day to day works please contact:
Roy Howarth –

For project enquires please contact:
Matthew Philpot –

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.

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.


June 25, 2018

Mutford Lock road bridge closed


Urgent Boating News – Following an accident, the road bridge at Mutford lock cannot be opened and they are awaiting engineers to assess and for Suffolk Highways  to arrange temporary Traffic Management.

Only vessels of minimal air draft will be able to pass through Mutford Lock. Please contact Mutford Lock for further advice.


June 23, 2018

Wanted: New Green Book Organiser

NSBA Green Book Organiser, 2018

April 23, 2018

Dredging work around Horning – from 24 April

As part of the 2018/19 planned dredging programme dredging is due to start on the River Bure 300 metres upstream of Horning Swan.  This work will start on Tuesday 24 April 2018, various sections will be dredged between Horning Swan corner and Cockshoot Dyke.  Please be aware of manoeuvring vessels at the dredge site and at the offload site at Horning Hall, this is 500 metres upstream of the mouth of the River Ant.  If you require more information in relation to this work phone Tim Lamb 07771676074.

March 23, 2018

Lowestoft Harbour Survey – from 26 April 2018

Mariners and Port Users are advised that survey work is scheduled to commence on 26/04/2018 in the Outer Bridge Channel, and in the RN&SYC basin.

The work will be undertaken by the 8.9 m catamaran Eagle, with the survey equipment on a short tow, operating at a speed of between 0 & 4 knots. The vessel will monitor VHF Ch.14.

Other vessels are requested to afford the works a wide berth, and pass the areas at slow speed to reduce vessel wash.

Works are expected to take approximately 10 days to complete, weather permitting.

Please contact Lowestoft Port Control, VHF Ch14, or Tel. 01502 572286, if further information is required.


January 14, 2018

River Chet – missing warning sign

The sign at the mouth of the River Chet warning of dredging works is currently missing.

Please proceed with caution as navigation is restricted and be aware that delays of up to 2 hours may occur.

December 15, 2017

Reedham Quay Moorings

We are advised by the BA that these moorings revert back to the responsibility of Broadland District Council during the winter season but will open again ready for the summer season in March 2018.

The electricity supply to the charging points also had to be turned off due to the frequency of the water over topping at the mooring and constantly tripping out the charging points.