Havengore Bridge: Update 05.12.19 )

Havengore Bridge remains closed to marine traffic but we’re pleased to confirm that significant progress is being made towards returning the bridge to full working order. We’re committed to a major project to refurbish, overhaul and upgrade all systems with a view to improving reliability, serviceability and long-term resilience.

QinetiQ’s specialist contractor recently carried out a deep mechanical and electrical survey and analysis and have developed a substantial package of works. Some minor electrical works will begin in December and continue in January with the main package set to commence in early February 2020.

The hydraulic system will be redesigned and improved with upgraded hydraulic components and replacement of the main lift cylinders. Controls equipment, systems and software will also be redesigned and upgraded to modern standards and fully integrated with the hydraulics. A new safety system and fault diagnostic technology will also improve bridge operations and reduce repairs times.

The major works will take several weeks to complete and we will continue to offer manual operation of the bridge (subject to sufficient demand and suitable tides), until they begin in February. Once the works have commenced, the bridge will be completely inoperable and therefore impassable for marine traffic until it is returned to full operational capacity.


If you are thinking of sailing in the area of Maplin/Foulness Sands (which surround the live firing Range at MOD Shoeburyness), and intend to use Havengore Passage to reach the inner waterways of the River Crouch/River Roach, we strongly advise you to become familiar with the restrictions on passing Havengore Bridge.

The following information will assist you to plan a successful route:

  1. Havengore Bridge can only be used when the MOD Shoeburyness Range is NOT ACTIVE;
  2. The MOD Shoeburyness Range is normally active Monday to Thursday from 06:00 to 16:30 and Friday 06:00 to 12:30. The “ACTIVE” status of the Range is signalled by the flying of a RED FLAG on the bridge and at intervals around the perimeter of the site. Please note, Range operational hours are subject to change without prior notification and the MOD/QQ reserves the right to operate earlier/later and at weekends.
  3. The bridge is staffed 2 hours either side of high tide, during daylight hours, 365 days a year;
  4. If you wish to plan your journey in advance and would like advice from the Range about using the bridge on a particular day, please contact “Shoe Radar” on 01702 383311 or VHF Channels 16 or 72 (when the Range is active) or email us at QQSHBEnquiries@qinetiq.com. Please be aware that information supplied in advance is subject to change;
  5. If you wish to receive ‘on the day’ advice, you can contact the Bridge Keeper on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72 (when the bridge is staffed as described above);

Further information on the MOD Byelaws can be found on their website at www.shoeburyness.qinetiq.com