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Foxylady
May-31-2017 @ 12:12 PM                           Permalink
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Having spoken to many other people on this subject it's obviously not just me that finds some of the operators of the bridge extremely unhelpful if not down right rude and obnoxious. You're thoughts / experiences and what to do about it would be appreciated.

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May-31-2017 @ 6:39 PM                           Permalink
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Never had a problem with the guys there, always friendly and helpfull, always a wave if you toot your horn in thanks.
A couple of years ago we were getting close to the Bridge and got Jen to ring them and ask was the clearance under the bridge was, he asked her what the air draft was and Jen turned to me and said "he wants to know what aircraft we are in????, he obviously heard because as we went passed he was leaning out of the window with a big cheesy grin on his face. Wink  LOL

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May-31-2017 @ 6:44 PM                           Permalink
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Our moorings are not far away, so we transit this bridge regularly. We have never had a problem with the bridge operators.

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May-31-2017 @ 7:11 PM                           Permalink
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We don't have any problems with Somerleyton or Reedham bridge operators. They cannot always answer the radio if they are busy and must get a bit frustrated when boats call up constantly. Another problem for the bridge operators is that boats will radio up whilst out of sight of the bridge and ask when the bridge will open. More often than not the bridge is already open and the radio call from the boat is completely unnecessary. Boats need to get within sight of the bridge before making the call. In the 12 years that we have been on the southern broads we have never thought that the bridge operators were unhelpful or rude. Foxylady tell us how the bridge operator was unhelpful rude etc to you.




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May-31-2017 @ 10:35 PM                           Permalink
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Not having radio (and almost always having switched off the phone on arrival at the boatyard to escape all that stuff), we've always relied on visuals and the odd toot on the horn to alert the operator of our approach if he doesn't alreday have his delay board out.

I think we've tooted maybe 4/5 times over 12 years...

Never had anything but a friendly wave and a grin from anyone up there....but we're sailys and often have to jill about a bit until the train's gone past...can be fun or challenging, depending upon weather conditions, but to me both Reedham and Somerleyton are not dissimilar to Potter, St Olaves or Beccles bridges...just part of the scenery to be enjoyed, even if now and then it would be easier if they weren't there...

Then again the rivers could be made straighter and realigned with the prevailing winds, but how boring would that be?



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Jun-01-2017 @ 11:50 AM                           Permalink
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Never had a problem at reedham, only at somerleyton. Have heard from other people that when asked questions the operator was less than helpful or polite. I have not experienced this personally so only going on other people's comments. As for not answering the radio because of being busy. Surely that's his job. He only has to transmit one message giving the information requested as we all use channel 12 and will be listening in. Surely it is wiser to plan ahead for everyone's safety and convienience? Radiowing before you reach the bridge allows you to time your approach accordingly. If it's already open, bridge open is not a difficult message to transmit

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Hmmmm, firing other folk's bullets! Never a good idea!

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Jun-01-2017 @ 2:44 PM                           Permalink
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Two things - first of all his job is to ensure that the bridge is safe for trains - like it or not, you come second!

And with the best will in the world he is not going to respond to every radio request, especially when he no doubt gets enquiries whilst some are tied up at Reedham or Oulton!! My guess is, and to be honest I do not know this, he will not take the blind bit of notice until he actually sees you - after all you could be anywhere!

Although it is some years since I listened to the VHF, what used to get at me, was the incompetence of most users and their inane chatter. Perhaps he turns it off sometimes just to give himself some peace!!

After all, even without the radio, I suspect once you turn up , the bridge will open up sooner, rather than later, and more often than not, we do not have a timetable to keep to!



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agree completely with Marshman. The bridge operators are there to ensure that the rail network runs safely and they are in constant contact with the rail network and advised of delays and events which will affect the bridge opening times. At times they are very busy and do not have the time to respond immediately to radio calls from boats. If that's a problem for boat owners then consider getting a boat with an airdraft which will enable the craft to navigate under the bridge when its closed Dave R.........



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never had a problem, no fone, no radio and ooops no horn

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