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TOPIC: Thames Winter Stoppages

Thames Winter Stoppages 26 Sep 2019 19:23 #109828

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Hello Balliol,

I rather suspect that they will play the H & S card - no lay by - not safe to wait for the lock to fill or empty.

It would not be beyond the wit of man/woman to arrange windows of opportunity for the lock to be used with a lock-keeper on site managing assisted passage rather than denyng passage for months

I can dream..........

But I wonder - if I turn up out of hours would I be able to hand-wind the lock? Civil disobedience beckons!
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Thames Winter Stoppages 26 Sep 2019 19:09 #109826

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Andy Soper wrote: From the EA......

But they don't explain why locks have to be closed to repair a lay-by................................................it will be challenged.


Simples! Obviously if all the lay-bys are unusable they will need to moor the tea boat in the lock.

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Thames Winter Stoppages 26 Sep 2019 18:48 #109823

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From the EA......


16:39 (1 hour ago)

Good afternoon

Attached is Issue 2 of the River Thames Investment Programme 2019 to 2020 notice, also shown below, together with the map. This information is now on our website at www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures .

Following the issue of updated works programmes from our contractors, several changes have been made to lock closure dates and additional works have been identified. In summary:

· The biggest change is that after further consideration, Sandford Lock has been upgraded to a closure. The timber on all laybys will be removed at the same time rather than at different points during the works. Therefore none of the laybys will be useable during the period making the Lock inoperable.

· The work at Hambleden Lock has been brought forward and work at Whitchurch and Culham Locks has been put back. Culham works will not now start until the new year.

· In addition to the previously published work at Shifford Lock, the head layby fenders will also be replaced which has extended the closure period to late January.

· Abingdon Lock will not now close.

We do appreciate the frustration these changes may cause to customers and we apologise for any inconvenience.

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Mary Sulman
Waterways Operations – Thames Area

Environment Agency, Kings Meadow House, Kings Meadow Road, Reading RG1 8DQ
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