Green Book Information   Bridge Dimensions and Type
 
 

Clearance in this table refers to the average high water during the summer but water levels may vary considerably. Bridges marked with an asterisk * are arched in shape, and the clearance measurement refers to the arch centre. Gauge boards on approach show the clearance currently available.

Craft should slow right down for bridges and give a sound signal if visibility is at all restricted, lower the mast and canopy and ensure that all crew are safely inside the cockpit.

Note that swing railway bridges are subject not only to railway timetables but also to maintenance requirements and cannot always open. Lifting road bridges are similarly restricted by road traffic needs and maintenance requirements.

Up-to-date Notices to Mariners about all bridge restrictions are published by the relevant authorities and available on the Broads Authority website (www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/urgent-boating-information )


Acle Bridge(fixed road)
clearance:
3.65m 12'
width:
23.7m 78'

Beccles Road* (fixed road)
clearance:
1.98m 6'6"
width:
12.60m 41'6"
Arched bridge, clearance shown is to centre of arch.
Has height gauges on approaches to show current (tide) height.

Beccles Bypass (fixed road)
clearance:
3.66m 12'
width:
28.90m 95'
Specific reserved BA bankside provision for de-masting/raising mast immediately downstream of bridge.


Breydon Road (lifting road)
+side span (fixed) clearance:
3.96m 13'
centre span (lifting) clearance:
3.50m 11'6"

Dolphin provision for de-masting/raising mast downstream and upsteam of bridge.

Pontoon downstream of bridge for awaiting tide (2 hours max)


VHF Channel 12,
usually operates in conjunction with Haven Bridge.

Contact the Harbour Master on 01493 335522 to arrange a lift.

see also this note about Great Yarmouth


Carlton, Lake Lothing (swing rail)
clearance:
4.57m 15'
width:
 

Pontoon provision for de-masting/raising mast and awaiting bridge swing immediately seaward of Mutford Lock.

Contact Mutford Lock for opening.
VHF Channel 14 / 73
see also this note about Mutford & Lowestoft


Haddiscoe New Cut(fixed road)
clearance:
7.32m 24'
width:
12.10m 40'

Lowestoft Harbour (lifting road)
clearance:
2.16m 7'1"
width:
 
VHF Ch 14.
see also this note about Mutford & Lowestoft

Ludham(fixed road)
clearance:
2.60m 8'6"
width:
5.40m 18'

Specific reserved BA bankside provision for de-masting/raising mast immediately upstream and downstream of bridge.

Has a sharp, blind bend on the downstream side.


Norwich, Bishop's Bridge*(fixed road)
clearance:
3.20m 10'6"
width:
6.05m 19'10''
 

Norwich, Carrow (lifting road)
clearance:
4.27m 14'
width:
12.50m 30''
Carrow bridge will lift, but an engineer is required to be present. The swinging of the Novi Sad and
Lady Julian bridges is also controlled through Carrow bridge: tel: 01603 756056.
VHF Channel 12

Norwich, Foundry (fixed road)
clearance:
3.05m 10'
width:
16.40m 54'

Norwich, Jarrold (fixed foot/cycle)
clearance:
3.63
m
11'11"
width:
   
Dolphin provision for de-masting/raising mast upstream and downstream of bridge.

Norwich, Lady Julian (swing foot,cycle)
clearance:
3.96
m
13'
width:
   
see note on Carrow Road Bridge for lifting information.
VHF Channel 12

Norwich, Novi Sad (swing foot,cycle)
clearance:
4.87m 16'
width:
16.50m 54'
see note on Carrow Road Bridge for lifting information.
VHF Channel 12

Norwich, Trowse (swing rail)
clearance:
2.74m 9'
width:
12.90m 30'

Trowse swing-bridge will swing for river traffic at fixed times.** Craft should arrive at the bridge in good time before specified opening times as late arrivals may not be accommodated. The bridge keeper may be contacted on VHF Channel 12.
**please check for updates on times on the BA website:
www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/urgent-boating-information' or telephone Broads Radio Control on 01603 756056 for further information'


Postwick Viaduct (fixed road)
clearance:
10.67m 35'
width:
  (river width single span)

Potter Heigham, bypass (fixed road)
clearance:
2.31m 7'7"
width:
22.4m 73'6"
Specific reserved BA bankside provision for de-masting/raising mast downstream and upstream of bridge.

Potter Heigham, road* (fixed road)
clearance:
1.98m 6'6"'
width:
  depends on water level

Specific reserved BA bankside provision for de-masting/raising mast downstream and upstream of bridge.

Pilot assistance is available from Phoenix Fleet boatyard, on the Yarmouth side of the river, downstream from the bridge. Tel: 01692 670460. Currently there is a charge of £10.00 per
passage (2012).


Oulton Broad, Mutford (swing road)
clearance:
2.38m 7'10"
width:
6.40m 21'

Pontoon provision for de-masting/raising mast and awaiting lock immediately seaward of Mutford Lock.

VHF Channel 14 , 73
see also this note about Mutford & Lowestoft


Reedham (swing rail)
clearance:
3.05m 10'
width:
16.6m 54'6"

Pontoon provision for de-masting/raising mast and awaiting bridge swing downstream and upstream of bridge.

Both Reedham and Somerleyton put out a sign giving the approximate time until the next opening.
One red flag means the bridge is operational, two indicate that the bridge will not be opened. For information on opening Somerleyton swing bridge, please telephone the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141. Reedham bridge keeper has a hand-held VHF radio with limited range. Request an opening of the bridge by giving three prolonged blasts of the horn/whistle; a sign will then give an approximate time to wait.


St.Olaves (fixed road)
clearance:
2.44m 8'
width:
23.90m 78'6"

Somerleyton (swing rail)
clearance:
2.60m 8'6"
width:
16.40m 54'

Pontoon provision for de-masting/raising mast and awaiting bridge swing downstream and upstream of bridge.

Both Reedham and Somerleyton put out a sign giving the approximate time until the next opening.
One red flag means the bridge is operational, two indicate that the bridge will not be opened. For information on opening Somerleyton swing bridge, please telephone the Network Rail National Helpline on 08457 114141.
VHF Channel 12 . Request an opening of the bridge by giving three prolonged blasts of the horn/whistle; a sign will then give an approximate time to wait.


Thorpe Rail (each) (fixed rail)
clearance:
1.83m 6'
width:
 

Tonnage (fixed road)
clearance:
2.44m 8'
width:
Tonnage bridge is over the disused North Walsham - Dilham Canal, which is accessible only by non-powered craft, (and much overgrown in places !)

Wayford (fixed road)
clearance:
2.13m 7'
width:
6.10m 20'
Because of the camber of the road, the bridge tapers downwards (downstream, towards Barton Broad), the clearance given is for the lower end.

Wroxham, Rail (fixed rail)
clearance:
4.57m 15'
width:
14.30m 47'
 

Wroxham, Road* (fixed road)
clearance:
2.21m 7'3"
width:
8m 26'6"
 

Yarmouth, Bure A47 (fixed road)
clearance:
2.13m 7'
width:
21.30m 70'
Specific reserved BA provision for de-masting immediately upstream of bridge. Pontoon lay-by (not for use as moorings) available at Runham Swim, upstream of Great Yarmouth.


Yarmouth, Haven (lifting road)
clearance:
2.90m 9'6"
width:
26.80m 88'

Usually operates in conjunction with Breydon Bridge.
Contact the Harbour Master on 01493 335522 to arrange a lift.
Pontoon upstream and quayside seaward for boats awaiting tide.

see also this note about Great Yarmouth


Yarmouth, Vauxhall (fixed foot,cycle)
clearance:
2.05m 6'9"
width:
30.40m 100'
Dolphin for de-masting downstream of bridge.
Pontoon downstream of bridge for awaiting tide (2 hours max)

GREAT YARMOUTH BRIDGES

The navigable channel is clearly marked by coloured posts on Breydon Water and no attempt should be made to pass outside them: see the map on the BA website
www.broads-authority.gov.uk/data/assets/pdf_file/0007/422386/Safely-through-Gt-Yarmouth-2014.pdf

Breydon Road Bridge has three spans. Pleasure craft capable of passing under the bridge are requested to use the right-hand span in each direction. Three red stop lights are permanently attached to the centre span. When these lights are illuminated, the bridge will lift and pleasure craft should beware of commercial traffic that may be manoeuvring. Lifts can be made ‘from 06.00 to 22.00 or sunrise to sunset (whichever is the shorter)’ from Easter to end-October and 08.00-17.00 in winter. A trip through Great Yarmouth or across Breydon should be planned carefully to make use of the tides; if possible, plan to navigate the Great Yarmouth Yacht Station reach between tides during the period of slack water (occurring here 1¼ hours after LW Gorleston).

If you need advice on tides, or crossing Breydon on a particular day, contact Broads Radio Control on 01603 756056, and in general see the safety leaflet Crossing Breydon Water available at BA outlets.

There are posts for purposes of de-masting both sides of the channel either side of Breydon Bridge, a lay-by/demasting pontoon between this bridge and Bure Mouth, and temporary moorings for de-masting or raising masts immediately upstream of the Bure road bridge. There are no safe moorings on Breydon Water until the Berney Arms or Burgh Castle.

Contact the Harbour Master on 01493 335522 to arrange a lift of Breydon Bridge or Haven Bridge. Bookings should be made by 16.45 for the following day (Friday 16.45 for weekends), but exceptions can be made.

The Haven Bridge operates with river traffic control lights for booked lifts normally between sunrise and sunset, but is not otherwise manned. All seagoing and craft inbound through the River Port should see http://www.eastportuk.co.uk/bridge-lifts.aspx for important further details, including use of VHF Ch 12.