Battersea Rail Bridge Closed

 

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.

A reminder of what Battersea Bridge looks like... it's the one down from Putney Rail.

A reminder of what Battersea Bridge looks like… it’s the one down from Putney Rail.

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.

Thank you.

Putney Pier Planning Application

You may be aware of a planning application for Putney Pier. The proposal is to add more berths by lengthening it towards Putney_PierPutney Bridge and to have an inner pontoon for new berths that would prevent rowing under the pier footbridge.

The executive committee has discussed the matter and will be making an objection to the application on grounds of navigational saftey. Should a crew get into trouble when turning in front of the boats to proceed back along the shore of Putney Embankment on an ebb tide, there would be no escape route under the pier, making the turn more hazardous (similar to Dove Pier).

If you wish to make your own independent objection to the application please use the link below and respond by 6th February.

http://planning.wandsworth.gov.uk/WAM/showCaseFile.do?appType=planning&appNumber=2012/6004

Safety on the Tideway


With the cold weather and lots of training and racing on the Tideway, we thought it prudent to provide a little safety reminder. Our very own Captain has helped developed this handy video on the key points of navigating the Tideway (although it does make me very seasick watching it!). Very useful for newbies and veterans alike! Please take a few minutes to view it and make sure you’re up to speed on the Tideway Code. The video can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.boatingonthethames.co.uk/ and is called ‘Safely Navigating the Upper Tidal Thames’. Happy viewing!

Additionally, please download the documents below which highlight the key danger areas for those of us located on the Embankment…turning by Putney
Pier
and rowing under Hammersmith Bridge on the flood tide.