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Travel on the Thames 25 Mar 2020 19:18 #114887

Despite kicking the EA Thames Manager - one Barry Russell -only a computer acknowledgement - and now we have a an EA National response 'Dear Customer' see a following post by me on EA Waterways (the National response was not sent to me - only to Caroline - although we register a boat each) .

Luckily EA is not the responsible agency for COVID-19 ...................

Stay safe people.

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Andy Soper
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You don't need a barge to join - a dream of boating in Europe will do'. See www.barges.org

Travel on the Thames 25 Mar 2020 10:07 #114867

Still no formal advice from Waterways Thames.

The river is now a mix of red and yellow warning boards and both flows and levels are dropping slowly with no rain forecast for a few days.

However - Sunbury, Hambledon, Rushey, Boulters and Caversham locks are still shown as closed to traffic and lock-keepers have been told not to provide assisted passage. There are reports of public power being turned off at some locks.

Existing reports of closures and obstructions here www.gov.uk/guidance/river-thames-restrictions-and-closures

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Coookham
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You don't need a barge to join - a dream of boating in Europe will do'. See www.barges.org

Travel on the Thames 12 Mar 2020 18:01 #114385

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Thanks John, You're right the red boards have been solid for weeks.
I don't like anything other than normal conditions for just the reasons you mention but I was just wondering whether anybody was on the move.
We're already in the water and pushing for a longer stay but at the mercy of the marina unfortunately as we're in someone's spot (hopefully they also can't move from where they are)otherwise I wouldn't even be wondering I'd just go by the boards and stay put.

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Travel on the Thames 12 Mar 2020 17:50 #114384

MIchael, the last time I looked there were red boards everywhere. Not only does that increase your chances of having an accident, but it also reduces the chance that your insurers would be prepared to pay out.

So it's best to stay put. If you haven't yet got your boat in the water, it would be wise to check whether you can let it remain for a while where you crane it in.

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Travel on the Thames 12 Mar 2020 17:14 #114381

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Thanks Andy, I watch that site but I really doubt their info being up to date.
I read(somewhere) that the lock keeper can get you through Hambledon (that is if you can find him!) and also Sunbury is passable? (what about their diabolical reaction to the problem that has led to the sinking there)- goodness!
It also says Marsh Lock has a tree blocking it completely plus a couple of other further up with issues?
We most probably have to leave our London marina in the near future so I'm just wondering the viability of getting somewhere up the river to hole up...tough times all round at the moment isn't it?

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Travel on the Thames 12 Mar 2020 16:44 #114377

Hello Michael,

Have a look on the GB&I section of the Forum where I post stoppage updates.

This is the official conditions website riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk/ . See right hand box for closure details.

Additionanlly - Hambledon and Rushey lock works have overrun - closed until 31 March.

There is a sunken boat in the upstream cut at Sunbury blocking most of the navigation.

Navigation is possible between these stoppages but not recommended unless it is essential to move.

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You don't need a barge to join - a dream of boating in Europe will do'. See www.barges.org

Travel on the Thames 12 Mar 2020 16:24 #114376

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Anybody out and about on the Thames and got any reports or comments on the comfort, safety or viability of being on it, including any hazards or closures?

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