Friday 4 September 2020 – Late working

This is to inform you that the Range is expected to work into the afternoon tomorrow with operational activity continuing until approximately 16:00. The Red Flags will be flown and Public Right of Way routes and Havengore Bridge will remain closed until operations have concluded and the Red Flags have been lowered.

https://www.qinetiq.com/en/shoeburyness/public-access/havengore-bridge

Bridgekeeper: 01702 383436. VHF Channel 72 ‘Shoe Bridge’

Careline: 0800 0560108

qqshbenquiries@qinetiq.com


Havengore Bridge: Re-opening to Marine Traffic (11.07.20)

QinetiQ is delighted to announce that Havengore Bridge will return to full service on Saturday 11 July 2020.

The bridge has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment of the mechanical, hydraulic and electrical components and the control system has been upgraded. This improvement work represents a significant investment from the Ministry of Defence (MOD), to modernise and bring greater resilience to the mechanism.

The bridge is operated in accordance with MOD Byelaws and marine traffic can pass two hours either side of high tide, during daylight hours when the Range is not active. You can contact the Bridgekeeper when the bridge is staffed (times as above), on 01702 383436 or VHF Channel 72.

https://www.qinetiq.com/en/shoeburyness/public-access/havengore-bridge

Bridgekeeper: 01702 383436. VHF Channel 72 ‘Shoe Bridge’

Careline: 0800 0560108

qqshbenquiries@qinetiq.com


Potton Bridge: Short closure – 16 July 2020

This is to inform you that Potton Bridge will be closed to marine traffic from approximately 08:30 on Thursday 16 July. The closure is to allow for maintenance of the power network that serves the bridge and will be for up to 1 hour (unless a defect is found).

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

https://www.qinetiq.com/en/shoeburyness/public-access/havengore-bridge

Bridgekeeper: 01702 383436. VHF Channel 72 ‘Shoe Bridge’

Careline: 0800 0560108

qqshbenquiries@qinetiq.com


 

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