The recent severe flooding events have caused a great deal of severe damage to river embankments and the towpath along the waterway. Works to repair this damage must be the focus of our efforts over the coming months. There are still many in channel obstructions to be aware of – please see list below:
As at 2 April the situation is as follows:
Godalming Wharf to Broadford Bridge:
• Landings weir channel junction, 10m upstream – fallen tree in river, lying to offside bank. Easily passable.
• Area of Broadwater Stream – 2x alders leaning from offside bank. Landowner contacted and arrangements made to remove.
• Area of Broadwater Stream (towpath side) – sandbar formed by water issuing from stream; flags in situ to denote sandbar. SUBSTANTIALLY REPROFILED & REDUCED.
• Unstead Lock, immediately upstream for 200m – repairs and strengthening works to perched embankment. Be aware of work boats.
• Unstead Lock, 75m downstream – 2x trees fallen into river, lying parallel to offside bank. Easily passable.
• Old Railway Bridge – small tree near bridge hole. Passable.
Broadford Bridge to Millmead Lock
• St Catherines railway bridge – towpath surface washed away. Marked by tape.
• Roller corner (downstream St Catherines Lock) – sandbar formed on d/s side of corner.
• Guildford Rowing Club, 25m-50m upstream, towpath side – sheet piling failing in places. Check stability of bank before mooring; care needed when stepping onto bank, watch for holes causing by piling falling forward. Worst sections marked by tape.
• Millmead Lock, upstream – sandbar adjacent to mill stream, keep to centre of channel.
• Millmead Lock – erosion damage caused to surfaces surrounding lock. Minor surfacing works done to remove trip hazards but care still needed.
Millmead Lock to Bowers Lock
• Towpath from Odeon footbridge to Dapdune Railway Bridge – towpath closed due to extensive surface erosion. REMAINS CLOSED – no mooring on this section.
• Riverbank opposite Dapdune Wharf – bank collapse 30m u/s of Wharf, towpath side. Navigation unaffected. Marked with hazard tape and signs.
• Woking Rd Bridge, either side – sandbars formed, keep to centre of channel.
• Old Bucks weir – sandbar formed on corner, towpath side. Keep to outside of corner, noting pull from weir. Marked with posts and hazard tape.
Bowers Lock to Papercourt Lock
• Broadoaks Bridge corners – sandbar on bend d/s of bridge, towpath side; keep to offside round corner, noting draw from weir. Also sandbar at next corner downstream. Sandbar re-profiled to ease navigation; temporarily stacked to side of channel, keep centre.
• Broadoaks Bridge, 150m upstream – alder leaning over navigation from offside. Landowners contacted and removal arranged. End branches removed to widen channel.
• Warehams Bridge – damage to handrail caused by fallen tree.
Papercourt Lock to Pyrford Lock
• Newark Road Bridge, 200m & 100m upstream – sandbars formed on bends. REPROFILED.
• Newark Road Bridge, 50m upstream at separation of navigation and river – large sandbar formed. SUBSTANTIALLY REPROFILED AND REDUCED
• Newark Lock, downstream – small sandbars formed at confluences of Abbey stream & Hoe stream; offside. Minor.
Pyrford Lock to Thames Lock
• Town Lock, downstream – large sandbar formed. Route highlighted by flags. Navigate between two rows of posts.
Other Navigation Restrictions
At Newark, works began in early January to replace the bridge across the Navigation. The Navigation will remain closed until 18 March; after this date there may be intermittent closures, causing short delays (ie less than an hour), until completion of the project. WORKS PROGRESSING; NAVIGATION OPEN BUT MAY BE STILL SUBJECT TO TEMPORARY SHORT-TERM CLOSURES. WIDTH & AIR GAP RESTRICTIONs.
You can check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)