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EA Thames Stoppages 16 Feb 2020 10:38 #113831

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EA have extended the closures of both Hambledon and Rushey locks to the end of March.

EA advises:
We regret we have had to extend the lock closure date for both Hambleden and Rushey to 31 March 2020. The reason for this is that the contractor work is behind programme due to recent and currently anticipated bad weather conditions. Depending on suitable river conditions, lock passage maybe possible when a lock keeper is on duty, but please avoid Rushey head tail layby and Hambledon tail layby while the refurbishment work is ongoing.

Also please note that we have made some changes to our pages on the gov.uk website. The lock and facilities for boaters information can now be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-locks-and-facilities-for-boaters . There will be an auto-direct to the new pages.

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EA Thames Stoppages 21 Dec 2019 04:19 #112340

I was amused by their post of December 12th about a tree "losing it's footing and falling into the river". It must have been tipsy!

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EA Thames Stoppages 19 Dec 2019 16:30 #112294

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The entire river is now on Red Boards (EA recommend no navigation).

Update on planned stoppages from EA Waterways
The main changes are:

We have added Boulters Lock to enable our structural bridge surveyors to undertake a detailed survey of the vehicle bridge immediately downstream of the lock. Because of Red Boards it is not possible to identify a smaller window, but lock passage will be possible while the consultants are not on their pontoon.
We have had to add a closure at Caversham Lock to enable our contractors time to return to site to do some remedial work. It was not possible to include in closure notices 1-3 as our negotiations with the contractors were still ongoing. We will do our best to accommodate any commercial craft needing to pass through the lock during the closure.
Harts Footbridge now needs a formal closure as the inspection/construction method has been adapted to cater for the uncertainties around the bridge’s condition and strength. A pontoon will now completely block the navigation.

River Thames lock closures





Stoppages November 2019 to March 2020

Issue 4
19 December 2019
Listed below are the locks that will be closed during the 2019 to 2020 investment programme. The locks will be closed from the first date listed and re-open the day after the final date.

4 November 2019 to 28 February 2020
Hambleden Lock
Replacing tail layby fender timbers, including an additional line of fenders at the raised section of the layby.
The tail layby is currently unsafe to use therefore it, and the lock, will remain closed for the duration of this updated closure. Lock passage maybe possible when a lock keeper is on duty.

18 November 2019 to 31 January 2020
Shifford Lock
Reconstructing the lock side concrete.
Replacing the bullnose timbers. Replacing head layby fenders

22 November 2019 to 31 January 2020
Sandford Lock
Installing new fenders on head and tail laybys and tail bullnose.

9 December 2019 to 31 January 2020
Whitchurch Lock
Refurbishing the lock chamber walls. Reconstructing the head bullnose (approach wall).

14 January 2020 to 14 February 2020
Rushey Lock
Creating a new head layby walkway and reconstructing the water point building on the layby.
No lock closure

2 March 2020 to 31 March 2020
* Boulter's Lock
Structural survey of the vehicle bridge over the tail lock cut.

2 March 2020 to 31 March 2020
* Caversham Lock
Adjustment of lock chamber timbers.
* Locks with changes since previous issue



Other major works

We will also be carrying out other major works on the River Thames during 2019 to 2020. Please see below for details.

* Hart's Footbridge (Northmoor reach) - Structural survey and refurbishment of this concrete footbridge. Navigating under the bridge will not be possible while works are ongoing between 2 March 2020 and 31 March 2020.

The following works will not affect you using the locks during the construction:

Various towpath bridges - structural assessments of various towpath bridges to inform investment needs for future years.

Various lock sites - carrying out condition surveys at various locks to identify investment needs for future years.

* Abingdon Lock - replacement of the head canoe portage and refurbishment of the sani-station building. Work to progress between 21 January 2020 and 31 March 2020.

Culham Lock - Sutton Bridge - underpinning of the masonry arch and reinstatement of the revetments. River closure needed for divers to carry out these works between 3 February 2020 and 31 March 2020. You may be asked to wait for short periods while the divers are in the water.

Molesey Lock - phase 1 (design and fabrication) of the lock gates. Installation will be during winter 2020.

Godstow Lock - detailed design of Godstow Weir B - 'Trout Weir'.

Sunbury Island - demolition of Wilson's Boatyard buildings. Contractors will be accessing Sunbury Island from the lock cut and will be blocking the channel between 4 November 2019 and 31 March 2020. Please prepare for disruption during this period.

Days lock - fabrication of new timber lock gates, which will be installed during winter 2020.

* Changes since previous issue

Keep up to date


We send our Navigation investment programme to you as early as possible to help you plan your cruising over the winter. However, this programme is subject to change - for the most up to date version, please see www.gov.uk/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures where you will also find the information displayed on a map.

We also send email updates on River Thames closures and restrictions, to subscribe to this service please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can view the current River Thames conditions at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/riverthamesconditions .

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EA Thames Stoppages 13 Dec 2019 16:40 #112022

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Unfortunately it rained last night and EA now write:

Unfortunately, deteriorating river conditions now mean it will not be safe for vessels to use Whitchurch Lock this weekend with construction work partially completed as we hoped, and it will therefore remain closed.

On a more positive note, the large fallen tree that was preventing access and therefore use of Mapledurham Lock has now been removed, by the riparian landowner and at their own expense, and the river is now open to navigation once more (although the reach currently has a strong stream warning in place, as does the majority of the river).

Please can you circulate this update to your members, as appropriate.

Many thanks.

Vicky

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EA Thames Stoppages 12 Dec 2019 14:35 #112004

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From EA today:
Dear TNUF Member

You will be aware from Issue 3 of the Investment Programme that Whitchurch Lock is closed from 9 December to the end of January.
You may also be aware that a large tree recently lost its footing and fell into the river at the downstream layby and approach to Mapledurham Lock. This is preventing boats from entering the lock. We are working with the landowner and operational teams to remove the tree when the river is in a safe condition to do so.
To accommodate boat moves for some boaters who have been caught between Mapledurham and Whitchurch, Whitchurch Lock will be open this weekend only from 5pm Friday 13 December 2019 to 8am Monday 16 December 2019 to allow passage of vessels. The Lock will then be closed until the works are completed.
Please can you circulate this message to your members, as appropriate. It is not intended to issue a revised investment programme update.

Many thanks.

Vicky

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EA Thames Stoppages 01 Dec 2019 21:44 #111827

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Hello Dean,

Don’t have a good phone number - but Simon Shepherdson is the Resident and, like you, is on Facebook. Try messaging him direct?
The following user(s) said Thank You: Dean Marriott

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EA Thames Stoppages 29 Nov 2019 18:30 #111794

Hi Andy,
I’d like to go through Hambledon around 29th Dec the closures states Lock passage maybe possible when a lock keeper is on duty. can you suggest a good number to call please?
Thanks
Dean

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EA Thames Stoppages 27 Nov 2019 18:24 #111739

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Latest version here:
www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-conditions-closures-restrictions-and-lock-closures

Biggest change is extending the Hambledon closure to end February as they started the work and dismantled the downstream layby before the recent rain - and haven’t seen it since. Of course they could allow passage but H & S says No.

Culham closure now cancelled - they will widen the layby access from the land - what a good idea......

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