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Navigation Update 15th May 2014
1 Upstream of Oxford
1.1 NAVIGATION. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL REPORTS ABOUT CONDITIONS UPSTREAM OF OXFORD:
i) There are many new and expanded shoals above Godstow Lock. Boats will need to stick to the middle of the river around all bends. There are some warning buoys but not all shoals are marked and those that are, are not necessarily marked accurately. As yet, little has been done to resolve the problem.
ii) In addition there are some fallen or falling trees to be avoided. Boats should proceed with caution and apply the rule to allow downstream vessels right of passage ahead of upstream vessels.
Boats should proceed with caution and apply the rule to allow downstream vessels right of passage ahead of upstream vessels
Most locks are not fully manned. Some are “Double-Manned” [which means HALF-Manned] and some are “Triple-Manned [which means ONE THIRD-Manned]. In effect, boaters should expect about 25% manning in normal hours, allowing for commuting between locks by the Lock and Weir Keepers concerned.
This turns the Thames into a sort of second class canal in this area.
1.3 EYNSHAM PUMP OUT
The pump-out at Eynsham is unreliable.
2 Boveney Pump Out
The pump out at Boveney has been repaired.
3 Whitchurch Bridge
Please note that this bridge will be closed to navigation between 1830hrs and 0830 hours on the nights of 19th to 22nd May [plus, possibly 23rd May] to allow essential works to proceed.