Unusual Activity & Closures

Havengore Bridge - Closed to marine traffic

We regret to announce that as of today (16.02.18), Havengore Bridge is closed to marine traffic. Over the past few months the bridge has developed numerous and varied faults and despite extensive efforts to restore the mechanism to full working order, an intermittent fault which causes the bridge and its safety features to fail is still evident.

Our priority is to maintain vehicular access over the bridge so that the residents of Foulness Island can reach their homes and would not be isolated in the event of an emergency.

When we have full confidence that the bridge will perform with a greater degree of reliability, we will restore the service for marine traffic. We estimate that the closure will be for approximately 6 weeks whilst the new external contractor conducts further fault finding and rectification.

We are fully aware of how this status affects the marine community and sincerely apologise for this further inconvenience. We’ve made a concerted effort to avoid another closure, but a test lift performed earlier this week confirmed that we cannot operate the bridge with confidence and that any attempt to do so may cause even greater disruption to the local community.

Operational Safety Closure: 21 February & 5-9 March 2018

Due to an operational safety closure in force, all Public Right of Way routes in Land Areas 3 & 4 and The Broomway will be closed on 21 February and continuously from 5-9 March 2018. The duration may be reduced or extended depending on operational requirements. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Routes affected:

Footpath Description
Footpath 1B, Foulness From its junction with Byway 8 (Fisherman’s Head) to Shelford Head.
Byway 8, Foulness From White City to Fisherman’s Head.
Footpath 11, Foulness From its junction with Footpath 25 to its junction with Bridleway 28 (The Broomway).
Byway 13, Foulness From Churchend to its junction with Bridleway 28 (The Broomway).
Footpath 14, Foulness From its junction with Byway 13 to its junction with Byway 16
Bridleway 17, Foulness From its junction with Byway 13 to the Spine Road.
Byway 16, Foulness From its junction with Bridleway 28 to its junction with Byway 30.
Footpath 19, Foulness From Shelford Head to its junction with Byway 16.
Bridleway 28, Foulness From its junction with Byway 8 (Fisherman’s Head) to its junction with Byway 16.
Byway 30, Foulness From its junction with Byway 16 to Wakering Stairs.
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