A message from Peter, Vesta’s Water Safety Adviser:
Refurbishment works have started on Battersea Railway Bridge and that the bridge will be closed for three months with immediate effect. Only boats with a VHF radio who first ask the PLA can go through the bridge for the duration of the work.
This means that no rowing boats may proceed through Battersea Bridge. If you go downstream of Putney Bridge you must spin before the heliport.
I would also like to remind crews that you should take great care if you go downstream of Putney Bridge. The club has had three incidents this season below the bridge which have been caused by a lack of familarity with the hazards and not keeping a proper look out.
Only go below Putney Bridge in good conditions, not within two hours of high tide and never at night. Do not stop or marshall near the recycling centre where there is commercial traffic. Keep a look out over both sides of the boat for bridges, moored craft and other river traffic. Remember there is no speed limit below Wandsworth Bridge so other boats can travel quickly and cause significant wash.