Lowestoft’s bascule bridge is to closed tonight after it failed this morning.

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The bridge could not be lowered from the raised position after peak traffic time at about 9.50am this morning.

One of the bolts which holds the bridge in the vertical position had jammed, which could have exacerbated by the cold weather.

The bridge remained closed to traffic while investigations were carried out into the problem. It was reopened at noon.

An emergency closure of the bridge will take place tonight between 8pm and 6am so the problem canbe thoroughly investigated after the peak traffic period this afternoon.

The Highways Agency is now working with Associated British Ports to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and apologises for any inconvenience caused to motorists.

Advanced signing and a signed diversion route will be in place during the works. All restrictions will be removed outside working times.

19 comments

  • maybe if it wasnt opened constantly for stupid reasons the general wear and tear would take longer. i think this occured when a small yacht was let through, completely unnecessary for starters and inconsiderate of that person to expect traffic to be stopped just for him. there should be limited times when the bridge opens and if you miss it then thats too bad.

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    G Webster

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • joined weight watchers by looks of him !

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    England's Finest

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • What we need is...another Dutchman who never visted the town let alone drove on the towns roads to come up with another chaotic brain wave !!!!

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    England's Finest

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • Its nothing to do with short trips, its the waste of money spent on these roads instead of spending it on a third road crossing.

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    Eastern canary

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • Bob Blizzard constantly campaigned for a third crossing,a proper one not some silly cycling one. As for short journeys,how will cars making long journeys cause less conjestion than those making short one?. If I want to go to the other side of town how will driving round and round for a half hour make conjestion less?. Maybe facing up to the disaster that the roads are now because of the stupid and extravagant waste of money that was the Sunlies Scheme instead of looking for roadworks and bridges to blame for the constant chaos would make more sense.

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    kevin bacon

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • No one can say that a third vehicular crossing will definantly solve this towns problems, sure in todays situation it would be an alternative route. The planned cyclefootbridge would have come in handy today for people on 2 wheels and foot. THe inconvenient truth for motorists in Lowestoft is far too many people in this town use their cars for too shorter journeys thus clogging up the road system.

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    BlueRobin

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • That Bridge is just like the road system... Not Fit for purpose. How many millions have they spent on this!!

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    Sifu

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • This is another example of why Lowestoft NEEDS a third river crossing! And not just a stupid footbridge. Come on Mr Aldous wake up and smell the coffee! BRING BACK BOB BLIZZARD

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    Lowestoftresident

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • and what did Bob do in all the years he was in

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    kettle1

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • I will re post this as the editor seems to think it is a bad idea to introduce truth to the discussion. Firstly in law the water has right of way over the road, outdated as it may seem. By rights the boats could ask for the bridge to be lifted at any time but common sense prevails in that by negotiation with boating body's it is only commercial vessels that have the bridge lifted on demand and even these are asked to avoid peak times if possible. Leisure vessels are tied to a schedule of openings which are displayed on the bridge control tower for all to see and plan their journey around. If anyone cares to look they will see that boats have to wait up to 2 hours for a lift and in boating season it is normal to see upto 20 boats go through an opening during popular times. Yes it is still an issue to car drivers and does still cause disruption but i am prepared to wager that even with a third crossing very few car drivers would bother to find out what time the openings were scheduled for and plan there journeys around them.

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    Ian.Leedham@gmail.com

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Exactly, the whole towns traffic is held up for one poxy little boat, there should be some rules put in place!

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    Yasmeen Usman

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • G Webster and kevin bacon make valid points about frequent opening of the bridge for one vessel, and the situation of the marina on the 'wrong' side. However, the advantages of attractive marinas and the associated employment and business opportunities they can bring should not be dismissed lightly. Weymouth is a good example of a down-at-heel seaside town which has been transformed into a lively and enjoyable resort by its marina development and will host the Olympic sailing events this year.

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    point du jour

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Aldous and his cronies on Woefull Dismal Council are far too busy dreaming up daft schemes like building on stilts etc,and waste still more money,to have time left to sort out the problems that are already here. I'm glad I'm leaving this hopeless town.

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    kevin bacon

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • I think you will find that 99% of the people who live here will agree with these comments. It's riiculous how often that bridge goes up and down & frequently for small vessels, no disrespect intended BUT how about a structured schedule before & after peak times for starters?

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    Smudger

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • I was stuck in the queue (on foot). The bridge was stuck in the up position until 11am. When it went down it was opened for pedestrians only at 11.05am. Traffic was still unable to cross as one cantilever (North) was stepped higher 25-35mm or so..when I left. I think the bridge got stuck open around 9.40am? We sure do need a third crossing!

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    Dave01

    Friday, February 3, 2012

  • It may be worthwhile checking facts before making yourself look silly. The bridge does have timed openings for leisure boats and during the summer months there will normally be at least 5 but often 10 to 20 boats passing through on each opening. The only time the bridge is opened outside of these times is for commercial boats but it may surprise people to know but boats have right of way over cars, it is through negotiation with boating body's that the timed openings are allowed rather than opening for every boat on demand and it is out of courtesy that boats will wait up to 2 hours to pass through the bridge.

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    Ian.Leedham@gmail.com

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • Typical planning fiasco putting a marina the other side of the bridge. Now any time one of the silly little boats wants to splutter out to sea the whole town has to come to a halt.

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    kevin bacon

    Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • I think its too late to do anything about the existing road structure now disappointing as it is. We are in desperate need of (a) a decent road structure to support commerce & growth & (b) a bridgecrossing to go with it. But all the time we just sit back and take it the British way so it will continue!!!

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    Smudger

    Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Nothing new there then, it's closed more than it's open these days.

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    Yasmeen Usman

    Friday, February 3, 2012

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