Unusual Activity & Closures
Havengore Bridge: Open to Marine Traffic (11.07.20)QinetiQ is delighted to announce that Havengore Bridge was returned to full service on Saturday 11 July 2020.
The bridge had been out of service since February so that a comprehensive refurbishment could take place. Originally, the works were due to be completed by the end of March but had to be suspended due to the impact of COVID-19. Work recommenced on 22 June and the contractors recovered the programme well so that the bridge could be officially re-opened to marine traffic on Saturday 11 July.
There was a 'soft' opening on Friday 10 July to put the bridge through final testing. Members of the local marine community were invited to take part in a 'sail by' to mark the event and to be amongst the first vessels to pass through the improved bridge. The improvement project represents a significant investment from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), to modernise and bring greater resilience to the mechanism and included a full refurbishment of the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical components and the control system upgrade.
The bridge is operated in accordance with MOD Byelaws and marine traffic can pass two hours either side of high tide, during daylight hours when the Range is not active. You can contact the Bridgekeeper when the bridge is staffed (times as above), on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72.
Foulness Heritage Centre closed (30.06.20)
Following the recent easing of lockdown restrictions, the Trustees of the Foulness Heritage Centre were hoping that it could re-open soon. However, having carefully considered the layout of the buildings and its displays, it has been confirmed that the “1m plus” social distancing rule cannot be effectively implemented. The situation will be reviewed again if there is a further relaxation of restrictions in the latter part of the summer.