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Dzign
Jun-27-2022 @ 9:02 AM                           Permalink
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It appears that the bridge is unable to swing suprise suprise they "claim" the hydrolics are causing the problem can anybody tell me the last time it swung for a week without them claiming a fault
It's a shame James Frazer didn't follow the job up with the barrister he organised the railways said they were going to get it sorted.
The bNa should do what they are paid to
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Jun-27-2022 @ 1:51 PM                           Permalink
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I'm not sure how Network Rail can be "punished" for not complying with obligations stated in the Railways Act, they are administered by the Dept. of transport so any fines however large would be like transferring money from one pocket to another pocket in the same pair of Government trousers.

There is no point continuing to remind NR or threaten them of clause whatever in the act...I'm sure they know the act backwards.

Until either Network Rail chiefs become personally liable (fines/imprisonment) or it will be seen to cost votes, I can't see now a bunch of boat owners on the broads can ever be more to NR than a minor irritation.

I believe that NR has promised that money has been allocated for the refurbisment of these bridges.

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Henry Ford


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Jun-27-2022 @ 5:09 PM                           Permalink
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There are closures in place for the autumn ( no trains or swinging ) whilst new equipment is being installed
https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/network-rail-to-upgrade-trio-of-east-anglia-swing-bridges-for-first-time-in-over-a-century-25-04-2022/
https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/swing-bridge-upgrades-planned-for-autumn-2022

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Jun-28-2022 @ 7:25 PM                           Permalink
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Ahh ok we should just give up then shall we...

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Jun-28-2022 @ 8:03 PM                           Permalink
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"Ahh ok we should just give up then shall we"

Well when the closures come as a result of a strike for just 3 days or so....YES

Now you obviously have a course of action to recommend to the BA to open bridges during a strike, maybe you would care to share that with the forum. Does your plan extend to preventing further strikes by the rail workers in general?

Edited to add that millions of people have had no alternative but to "give up and accept the consequences" of the strike, why are boat owners/users a special case?

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

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Jun-29-2022 @ 8:38 AM                           Permalink
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Should we give up and accept the inevitable? Like as heck we should! We know that renovation work is going to take place in the autumn but plans have been known to change. In the meantime though, it's not unreasonable to expect that if Somerleyton can be left open then so can Reedham. It's also not unreasonable to expect that the BA should keep up the pressure if only to show some interest in boating matters.

As far as those 'big old buggers' on their Brundle Trundle are concerned, it only takes one of the two bridges  to block their legal passage.

Jolly Roger

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Jun-29-2022 @ 11:50 AM                           Permalink
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The bridge broke  nothing to do with the strike, funnily enough I've can't remember it breaking down in the open position.
Thanks JR if nobody gets on to the railways or bna then guess what will happen..... NOTHING

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Jun-29-2022 @ 12:48 PM                           Permalink
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Having just spent the last few days in a marina in Brundall and not somewhere else due to the bridge/bridges not opening I'm as unhappy as the next person. But...

"if nobody gets on to the railways or bna then guess what will happen..... NOTHING", sorry but a statement like like does not really help it needs specifics: Who is going to "get on" to the the railways or BA, but more important what are whoever they are going to do. A strongly worded letter perhaps, that will go straight in the bin at Network rail. A letter threatening Network Rail with legal action pointing out that they are liable to a fine of £20 per boat which no doubt the legal dept. of NR will file with the other thousands of letters threatening legal action.

I see no point in wasting time, money and effort on something with little to no chance of success.

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Henry Ford

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Jun-29-2022 @ 8:33 PM                           Permalink
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I'm trying to track the managing directors (British Rail) email address down, the MD's don't like it when you contact them directly.
Also think there should be more pressure  applied from the leader of the bNA pacman should have this on his agenda and keep on with it..it's part of his job maintaining navigation.
However he's probably of hugging trees.

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Jun-30-2022 @ 11:39 AM                           Permalink
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You may find this useful if you have not already found it.

The Chief Executive of Network Rail is Andrew Haines, his email is: andrew.haines@networkrail.co.uk.
Be prepared to be be "fobbed off" to a Customer Relations Supervisor though.
You could call on 020 7557 8000
Or write to:
Network Rail
Eversholt Street
London
NW1 2DN

Good Luck

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.

Henry Ford

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