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Information received from Hammersmith & Fulham Council:
Hammersmith Bridge is closed to pedestrians and cyclists as well as to river traffic as it is unsafe for people to be underneath it. On Thursday 13 August 2020, specialist engineers concluded that the fractures they had been continuously monitoring in critical parts of the 19th Century suspension bridge structure had become a serious threat to public safety. The fractures had significantly increased in size due to the recent heatwave despite the range of measures they had taken to halt that from happening.
The Council’s engineering consultants have highlighted any passage under or over the bridge is unsafe as the bridge is in a vulnerable condition for navigational channels as well as highway use.
The navigational channels on either side of the bridge could be closed for at least 6 weeks. We are making every effort to find a solution to stabilise the bridge as quickly as possible.
We are also in discussions with PLA and our consultants to establish if a one-off passage under the bridge is possible and if a safe passage can be accommodate PLA will be policing any such passage using the traffic control team. Currently we are in discussion with PLA and our consultants developing a procedure for controlled safe one off passage under the bridge. Please note in view of the condition of the bridge, the one-off passage can be aborted just before transition under the bridge takes place as we are relying on data from monitoring equipment and if the sensors are triggered on the day of passage the operation will be aborted.
You will be notified of any one-off controlled passage and in the meanwhile a log of stranded vehicles is being collected and I would appreciate of you could provide the following information held to inform PLA about your vessel to assess the manner of passage under the bridge in a safe way.
Highway Structure’s Manager
Transport and Highways
Hammersmith & Fulham Council
Tel. 020 87533303
NEW - EA Lockside Service Statement
EA Notice received 17th August 2020
Attached and below are details of our planned lock working pattern to the end of the season. Please be assured that where possible we will offer assisted passage if we get the opportunity outside the advertised assisted passage hours. Where assisted passage is offered we encourage boaters to stay on their boats during locks, and lock keepers will assist mooring by using their boat hooks in the lock chamber.
We ask boaters to be understanding and bear with our staff as they do their best to help and support boaters.
Lock working patterns 2020 season
09.00 to 10.00 Hrs. Staff either undertake essential maintenance work at their sole site, or during this period attend their satellite site or sites, to ensure they are free from defect and are operational.
During this period staff will also undertake published site Covid cleaning. Lock staff to thoroughly wash down Pedestals, Beams, Hand Rails and Machinery that the public have used prior to shift commencing assisted passage. If the tasks are finished before 10.00 then assisted passage will start earlier.
10.00 to 13.00 Hrs. Full Assisted Passage. (Exception: weir work, comfort breaks or the need to attend another unstaffed site through breakdown etc)
13.00 to 14.00 Hrs. Meal Break.
14.00 to 16.00 Hrs. Published site Covid cleaning then Full Assisted Passage. (Exception: weir work, comfort breaks or the need to attend another unstaffed site through breakdown etc)
16.00 Hrs. to end of shift. Essential Site Maintenance and/or a return to satellite sites to inspect, close and undertake any necessary weir work. This also gives staff time to protect revenue streams including mooring regulation and providing access to essential services.
For the rest of the boating season every effort shall be made to single staff all sites utilising all available staff at the weekend. At these single staffed sites no maintenance work shall be undertaken and, following site Covid cleaning, the maximum amount of time should be devoted to assisted passage subject to the normal restrictions of meal breaks, weir work and comfort breaks etc.
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NEW - Thames Lock Service Update 10th July 2020
EA Navigation Update 3rd July 2020
The EA are now providing some level of assisted passage at 31 of the 45 Thames locks and work is progressing to provide service at the remaining 14 as soon as necessary safety and Covid 19 specific measures are in place.
During periods of Self Service all locks with hydraulic power are currently able to be operated using Public Power. In the event of a public power failure, it will normally be possible to operate by hand winding.
Passage through Teddington Lock is now available daily between 0700 and 2100 but the lock is closed for navigation between 2100 and 0700.
Latest information re river and service issues is available on the
EA River Conditions webpage
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ATYC Rally 2020 Cancelled
Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic the committee have reluctantly decided that we should cancel the rally which was slated for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
It appears likely that social distancing restrictions will remain in place for some considerable time to come, and the rafting of craft, ferry services, event capacity at Weybridge Mariners clubhouse, and the likely concerns of individual boaters, mean there is no realistic prospect of being able to hold the event this year.
Considerable forward planning had already taken place before the onset of lockdown restrictions and we are grateful to those who participated in our preliminary meetings and so freely offered their support. Our thanks to the Environment Agency, Weybridge Mariners Club, TBS Penton Hook and Nauticalia – we look forward to working together again when more normal times return.
NEW - 28 May 2020 Coronavirus and Thames Boating
Following recent government decisions to ease restrictions, the Environment Agency have largely restored freedom of navigation and most locks can be transited on Self Service using public power. There remain some local issues. Current status can be found at http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk
Boat Safety Scheme - Renewal suspension extended
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