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Jan-21-2014 @ 8:13 PM                           Permalink
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Somerleyton Bridge – Wednesday 29 January

Please note that Network Rail has just informed us that the bridge will not be able to operate on Wednesday 29 January between 08:00 and 17:00 due to necessary emergency works being undertaken to the power supply.
Exposed damaged posts – Breydon Water, River Yare – 5 Mile bends
Breydon Water starboard hand navigation post no. 49, just before the Dickey Works, has been broken off. There is about 1 metre still exposed at average calm water high tide. A replacement Starboard hand buoy has been placed in front of it and a yellow buoy will be placed as close as possible.
Further, in the River yare at 5 Mile Bends (the first bends with channel markers upstream of the Berney Mill moorings the fourth and fifth starboard hand marker posts have also been damaged. The fourth has been broken below the water line and is marked with a post and yellow light behind it. The fifth is damaged but still intact – a buoy will be placed in front of it on Thursday 19th Dec.
Oulton Broad - Mutford Lock
Due to flood damage Mutford Lock will be closed until further notice. For further information please contact the Harbour Master Office at Oulton Broad on 01502 574946.
Update on bridges - 21 January 2014
Trowse Bridge - Not operational (but can be opened at very restricted times, see below)
Network Rail have informed us that the current testing has been exhausted without achieving reliable operations of the bridge. Outside contractors are now being sought to rectify the reliability problems. Due to the fact that the bridge has been out of action for some time Network Rail have agreed that they are willing to swing the bridge manually by bringing in plant staff when required.

Due to the frequency of London trains and the time it takes to operate a swing manually the bridge can be opened on a Sunday at 09:05 and any night between 02:00 and 04:00 provided seven days' notice has been given to allow for plant staff to be on site. Openings within these times can be arranged by contacting Network Rail through their Area Incident Control Centre. This is staffed 24/7 and they will then pass on the request to the Ipswich Distribution & Plant team for a response.

tel 02079 793609
Please find below opening times for the bridge once it becomes operational.
Mon - Fri Sat Sun
1002 0910 0905
1107 1107 1128
1406 1405 1426
1606 1608 1726
1842 1809 1926
Oulton Broad Swing bridge – Restricted operations
Network Rail has informed us that due to a signaling fault the bridge can only be swung manually with their engineers present on site. If you require a swing you will need to contact Oulton Broad Yacht Station on 01502 574946 giving at least 5 hours notice.  The Yacht Station will inform the swing bridge operator who will arrange for the technicians to be on site for the swing. We will update this information as soon as we are informed of any progress by Network Rail in regards to the required repair.
Oulton Broad Roadbridge
This bridge is currently unable to operate. Further information will be advised when known.
Breydon Bridge – Not operational
The Port Authority have informed us that the bridge is not currently operational until at least WEDNESDAY 22ND January. Further information to follow when advised
Carrow Bridge - Fully operational
Somerleyton Bridge - Now operational
Reedham Bridge - Fully operational
Beccles Bypass Bridge - Fully operational
Vauxhall Railway Bridge - Fully operational
Haven Bridge - Fully operational


Kind regards

Angie Leeper
Asset Officer

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