Whitchurch Bridge reopened to river traffic on April 1st despite delays in reconstruction caused by the floods.

It will not be reopened to road traffic until September and navigation will be restricted for the next six months.

The Edwardian toll bridge on the non-tidal river links Pangbourne in Berkshire with Whitchuch in Oxfordshire. Work has been at a virtual halt since early this year when river levels started to rise.

A notice from Environment Agency Harbourmaster Matt Carter said: "The width of navigation will be restricted to varying degrees throughout the ongoing works. The minimum navigation width will be 7 metres.

"When this is in operation, one-way river traffic will be managed by the contractors during lock keeper hours of duty. To permit safe navigation, a buoyed channel will be in place and this will be lit between sunset and sunrise.

"Some overnight and two full-day navigation closures will be required [to] permit works that cannot be carried out whilst the navigation is open. We will minimise the impact of these temporary closures by scheduling them at times when boat traffic is likely to be lightest.

" The dates of these closures are currently being scheduled now the contractors have been able to recommence work on the bridge this week. As soon as the dates of these short-period closures are known we will publicise them via Harbourmaster’s Notices. There will not be any closures on weekends or Bank Holidays."


St Katharine Docks has been announced as the Official Home Port of the world’s longest, toughest and most prestigious powerboat race , The Venture Cup. The marina will host 25-30 competing boats, race control , and a festival village’ around the Central Basin and the West Docks.

Competitors will arrive in early June before the official start at Greenwich on Saturday June 7th. During the 15-day race the fleet will cover over 2,750 miles and visit nine cities in five countries. The anticipated finish in Monte Carlo is June 21st
William Bowman, Marina Director at St Katharine Docks, continued: "We are thrilled to be welcoming the Formula 1 of the powerboat world to our marina."


Performing artistes are needed to perform around the venues during the Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta in September.
The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta will see up to 50 tall ships moored along the Greenwich waterfront for a four-day festival which will be the biggest tall ships regatta in London for 25 years.

Performers can include acapella groups, small bands - duos and trios and Pop Up street theatre performers. Programmes should be suitable for outdoors, family groups, international audiences and environmentally friendly.

Organisers have received a good response and are still looking for good rock, folk, and shanty performers as well as unique street performances which would suit the event.

Thousands of visitors are expected for the event organised by the royal borough and Sail Training International to celebrate the borough's maritime history.

To express an interest and receive an application form, EMAIL Artsgreenwich@ royalgreenwich.gov.uk with the subject: Tall Ships Music and Street entertainment