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Sep-20-2017 @ 7:29 PM                           Permalink
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Dear All

Urgent Boating News - There will be restricted access at Ludham Bridge from 19:00 on Friday 22 September until 07:00 on Saturday 23 September 2017.

Please note that contractors will be working on behalf of Norfolk County Council to undertake an emergency repair on the fendering at Ludham Bridge.

During the works navigation through the bridge will still be possible, but you may encounter delays of up to 45 minutes before passage through the bridge is possible.

Please approach the bridge slowly with extreme care and caution, taking note of any signage or directions given.

Kind Regards

Laura Milner
Administrative Officer Operations
Broads Authority
Tel: 01603 756035


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They are repairing already the new fendering put on!

I hope the new fendering has not narrowed the navigation - in other words I hope the new fendering was not put on over the old!

Incidentally the tides today were quite high and the bolts holding the fendering may be under water!!

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New fendering (wood, fendering sounds softer) is over the old, unless there were already 2 courses, so at least 4 and maybe 6 inches narrower. Didn't look to see if bolts stick out from that as too busy getting through safely.

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That won't please the Maud - she is already a tight squeeze.

Perhaps I will have to make a few enquiries of the BA!!

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Sep-21-2017 @ 6:20 PM                           Permalink
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OH NO!
19.00 to 07.00, I hope they know that they are not allowed to start a generator to boil the kettle.
If someone can moor near so that they can phone the BA if they don't use a rubber hammer.
Tape measures and cameras at the ready.
This could turn into another long thread.

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Yes, fitted over existing, so narrower. See pic.


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Well if thats the case I am surprised no one else has picked up on it!

Can NCC just narrow the navigation like this? Surely permission is needed? Pally- surely you know the answer to this one, if indeed they have narrowed it!

And why would you use such rubbish strips of wood? Anyone who uses this bridge regularly will know what a hammering this takes - anything less than 8 x4 oak will be entirely wasted!! Thats why the first attempt lasted such a short time methinks!!


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There was an earlier urgent notice, which referred to work on the fendering being carried out overnight on 15/16 September. It would appear that this was when the emergency repair was started. I would think the work on 22/23 September may well be to complete that emergency repair.

At a guess, it may just be a temporary fix, with a substantial repair, i.e. proper replacement of the original fendering, taking place when the river is quieter.

I suppose I could ask Norfolk County Council, but I wouldn't like to be accused of bothering them unnecessarily  tounge-in-cheek

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Pally- my concerns were for Maud as she has a beam of 16'6" and with only 9" either side currently its a bit of a squeeze already given the amount of water coming through the bridge hole. Reduce that a bit further, if it has, makes it more difficult and I thought it would be a shame to "ban" Maud from upstream of Ludham, just because no one thought about it. Ardea will struggle too as she is 16'3" but that 1 1/2" either side may help! Fortunately the other wherries are a bit narrower!

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MM, I share your concern about the narrowing of the gap. You will have noted the tongue-in-cheek emoticon in my last post. I sent an email to NCC last night, to find out what their plan is.

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