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Hi all does any one know if the haven bridge at yarmouth opens on sunday's for private cruisers. The reason i ask this is that a work mate was on a boat on sunday and they wanted to go back to lowerstoft via the sea as their moorings are in lake loathing, they were told that the bridge does not open on sundays so had to go to oulton broad and thro mutford lock. As this was day time they thought the bridge would open at set times if needed as they do at lowerstoft. I was under the impression that there was a law for right of navigation thro bridge's because the river was there 1st, or am i wrong in thinking this. I hope someone can put me right on this subject. thanks.

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This may help

http://www.eastportuk.co.uk/l_bridge.aspx

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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thanks for the info Bill i will pass it on but i still feel that it is a poor service for those who want to go to sea at short notice.

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Glastron,

Sorry cant agree with you about the poor service.

Do you really want someone manning the bridge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those thay MAY want to have it lifted at short notice?

The figures just dont add up, unless your friend would like to pay the wages of those sitting in the bridge "just in case".

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Glastron, Hi.

I'm afraid I have to agree with Gary; we've been using Haven Bridge since 1979 and it's always been the case that you ring up on Thursday to book a lift for the weekend. They are always friendly and courteous and will go out of their way to help.

We recently had an impeller failure on Breydon and it took about an hour to fit the spare. As we were bound across the 'oggin we were most pleased (and a little surprised) when they organised an impromptu lift for us!

John

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Thanks for the replys but what i reily want to know does any one know about the rights of navigation on tidel waters. I did once hear a story about the haven bridge opperator telling a cruiser that it would not open any more that day to which the skipper then quoted some bylaw / paragraph **** the man at the bridge then said hold on while I phone someone after a couple of minutes the bridge was opened this was all heard over the VHF. Just one more thing as I travel over and under the breydon bridge meny times a week at all different times of the day and night it alwaways appears to be manned, my piont being that if it is the case surly that one man could work the two bridges on the odd occation when needed, it may only need a press of a button as on the crossings at most railway/road junctions.

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Now that's a very good idea! ( The Braydon man cycling to Haven to open it at weekends or at night). Have you asked the operator?

Just try mooring on the quayside on a spring ebb in full flow at night!

In Holland one man will control half a dozen bridges via cctv and radio link. They never have a problem; even major road bridges work this way.



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