17.03.2014 UPDATE: NAVIGATION RESTRICTION – NEWARK ROAD BRIDGE – NAVIGATION OPEN

Surrey County Council and their contractor are undertaking the replacement of road bridges on the B367 Ripley-Pyrford Village Road. Navigation has reopened today 17th March.

From Tuesday 18th March there will be intermittent closures of a short term nature – air gap at normal water levels should be no less than 1.85m and navigable width 4m or more.

PLEASE BEWARE OF THE LARGE SAND BAR ABOVE NEWRAK ROAD BRIDGE – A NAVIGABLE CHANNEL HAS BEEN MARKED AND YOU NEED TO TAKE EXTRA CARE AS YOU NAVIGATE THIS CHANNEL. THE DEEP WATER CHANNEL IS TOWARD THE ISLAND ON THE NON TOWPATH SIDE OF THE NAVIGATION.
Boaters travelling up or down stream should stop before the bridge and consult contractors on site who will allow passage as soon as is practicable. These temporary closures should be no longer than 2 hours in duration before passage is allowed for an hour. In reality it is likely to be much more flexible than this and contractors on site will try and ensure boat passage is not unduly hindered. Advisory signage will in place above the road bridge and Newark Lock and just above and below the bridge.

A temporary footbridge spanning the navigation no lower than current bridge height deck will be in place during the works to carry the towpath over the waterway.

If the programme changes for any reason updated information will be made available as soon as is practicable.
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)

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04.04.2014 UPDATE NAVIGATION RESTRICTIONS

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)

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24:04:2014 RIVER CONDITIONS – NORMAL

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River conditions from Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock are normal and open for navigation.

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)

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23.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

18.20hrs River conditions from Unstead Lock to Millmead Lock are normal and open for navigation.

Dangerous conditions exist from Godalming Wharf to Unstead Lock, and Millmead Lock to Thames lock and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

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22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

16.40hrs Godalming Wharf to Thames Lock – all river sections of the navigations are in flood, dangerous conditions to navigation exist and it is not safe to proceed along the waterway at this time.

You can also check the latest river conditions by calling Thames Lock 01932 843106 or the Navigations office 01483 561389 (recorded message not updated at weekends)

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22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

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Dangerous conditions to navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Millmead Lock, Bowers Lock to Worsfold Gates, Papercourt Lock to Walsham Gates, and Weybridge Town Lock to Thames Lock, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.

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)

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22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

14.15hrs Dangerous conditions to navigation exist from Godalming Wharf to Catteshall Lock, Bowers Lock to Worsfold Gates, and Papercourt Lock to Walsham Gates, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.

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)

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22.04.14 RIVER IN FLOOD – DANGEROUS CONDITIONS

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Dangerous conditions to navigation exist from Bowers Lock to Worsfold Gates, and Papercourt Lock to Walsham Gates, and it is not safe to proceed along the navigation at this time in this area.

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)

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