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Havengore Bridge Update

By Richard Bessey RAFCC

Sunday, 8 December 2019


RAFCC Contributor


We received this update from Quinetiq on 05.12.19

Havengore Bridge remains closed to marine traffic but we’re pleased to confirm that significant progress is being made towards returning the bridge to full working order. We’re committed to a major project to refurbish, overhaul and upgrade all systems with a view to improving reliability, serviceability and long-term resilience.

QinetiQ’s specialist contractor recently carried out a deep mechanical and electrical survey and analysis and have developed a substantial package of works. Some minor electrical works will begin in December and continue in January with the main package set to commence in early February 2020.

The hydraulic system will be redesigned and improved with upgraded hydraulic components and replacement of the main lift cylinders. Controls equipment, systems and software will also be redesigned and upgraded to modern standards and fully integrated with the hydraulics. A new safety system and fault diagnostic technology will also improve bridge operations and reduce repairs times.

The major works will take several weeks to complete and we will continue to offer manual operation of the bridge (subject to sufficient demand and suitable tides), until they begin in February. Once the works have commenced, the bridge will be completely inoperable and therefore impassable for marine traffic until it is returned to full operational capacity.

We thank you for your continued patience and co-operation and will continue to provide updates to this information as the project moves forward.

Regards, Nicki

Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE

Careline: 0800 0560108

Contact Information

Richard Bessey

  • 01702 258111


Hunters Lodge, Larkhill Road, Canewdon, Paglesham Eastend, Paglesham, Essex, SS4 3RZ