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Apr-26-2016 @ 9:19 PM                           Permalink
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For a change this is actually a question from me rather than a member.

Every year there is usually an issue that has a major impact on river users. This could be flooding, emergency issues, police matters, weather incidents.

River control usually knows what is going on, but rather than them fielding loads of calls from people, or the rangers having to intercept users. Is it not possible for them to broadcast urgent news.

I realise that a TXT service would be very expensive, but most mobile phones (ok, not my steam powered one) can get emails.

Usually when there is a major issue, people come to this Forum to get an update.



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Apr-26-2016 @ 11:17 PM                           Permalink
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Good point Richard. The EA offer a text service for the Gt Ouse region so why can't the BA do the same for the Norfolk Broads?

Andy

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If you are not a member of any forum, or unable to get the internet, it would be good to know if Breydon water is closed due to bad weather, before setting off on a 2 hour or more trek.

On certain roads in the UK there are signs many miles from certain pennine crossings,  saying if certain passes are open.

Certainly an automated text reply service would be useful, or a blackboard on the bank at Acle etc would be cheaper lol

best regards, Richard.

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the Broads.

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Apr-27-2016 @ 6:27 AM                           Permalink
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I've never tried it personally, but the BA trialled a text service for Breydon a couple of years ago, it was actually well publicised at the time.
"For the cost of 6p plus their standard message rate boaters can text the word “Tide” to the number 60777 to receive the predicted low slack water times at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station and the time of sunset for the day of the request and the following day."

http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news-and-publications/news/new-text-service-to-help-broads-boaters. See if this link works...

Text for best times to cross breydon. Handy for planning your journey....

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Apr-27-2016 @ 6:37 AM                           Permalink
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Interesting. That link takes me to BA website but says page not found. However I was just on that page when I followed the same link from a Facebook page! Incase it doesn't work for anyone else either I will copy and paste all the wording from the press release at the time (i think it must of been 2013/14) below.

New text service to help Broads boaters

Tide to Text. Boaters can get information on the best time to cross Breydon Water on their mobile phones.
The Broads Authority is trialling a new text method of sending out the predicted best time to reach the mouth of the River Bure at Great Yarmouth during May and June.

For the cost of 6p plus their standard message rate boaters can text the word “Tide” to the number 60777 to receive the predicted low slack water times at Great Yarmouth Yacht Station and the time of sunset for the day of the request and the following day.

It is important to cross Breydon Water at slack water, which is about an hour after low water, to provide maximum clearance under the Great Yarmouth bridges and because the tide, particularly at the confluence of the Rivers Bure and Yare, will be less of a hazard.

Steve Birtles, Head of Safety Management for the Broads Authority, said: “Tide tables can be found in the Broadcaster visitor magazine, the Green Book, a booklet sold by the Broads Authority for £1 and on the Broads Authority’s website, www.broads-authority.gov.uk. However, if none of these are available  the telephone text can provide an instant and hassle free service for the boater, resulting in a more relaxing trip over Breydon.  If it is successful we will consider making the service permanent.”

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Richard - an answer for you.

The Tide to Text service was very underused so we had to abandon it. We do have a email service for notices to mariners, and you can request to be added to this by contacting us here. http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/contact-us

But in all honestly flooding, police matters and weather incidents are dealt with and communicated by other organisations.

However we do recognise we could be more active in promoting our own messages – for example the recent Breydon Water closure – and getting other organisations’ alerts out there so are looking at how our social media is used. We are already making small steps with this with our Great Yarmouth Yacht Station team sending out tide times daily via the Enjoy the Broads Facebook page and on the Norfolk Broads News Facebook site.

Cheers

John

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John,
The problem with social media is that it requires an internet connection - something that is unavailable in most areas. The EA have provided an SMS service for Gt Ouse users for a few years. This would be far more convenient and practical solution that would reach far more people than Face Book, which I do not use.
The EA system works and the BA could learn from their efforts (and I don't normally praise the EA!).

Andy


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