Haven Bridge unable to lift due to mechanical fault

Haven Bridge unable to lift due to mechanical fault

Haven Bridge is stuck stubbornly shut due to a mechanical fault meaning boats cannot pass underneath as they sail along the River Yare.

Engineers are currently at the scene trying to resolve the problem which emerged on Sunday.

A spokesman for EastPort said he was unable to say when it would re-open.

The bridge usually lifts around once a day on request giving access for the Broads and from boats to the sea.

A notice to mariners has been posted on the EastPort website warning that the bridge is not lifting and signposting Mutford Lock at Oulton Broad as an alternative route.

Meanwhile James Fraser from Sutton, near Stalham, is with 17 boats in Holland waiting for the weather to clear.

The 45-year-old has been enjoying two weeks’ cruising with the Norfolk Yacht Agency and is concerned about access as they prepare to come home.

He said they were due to head back on Thursday and hoped the problem would be fixed by then.

“We were due to come back tomorrow but we have abandoned that plan because of the weather,” he said.

“By the end of the week we intend to be back so if Haven Bridge isn’t working then, we will have a problem. Getting 17 boats through the locks will take forever.

“In Holland we have met countless bridges and locks that have worked seamlessly so it is frustrating that we have this problem so close to home. Hopefully they will fix it and keep us posted.”

Vessels with low air draft that do not require a lift can still pass through the centre span between the red arrows.

this News story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury

http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/haven_bridge_unable_to_lift_due_to_mechanical_fault_1_4180994

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