Maintenance.

Proposed Maintenance Works

Well Creek – (Phase V Marmont Priory Corner to Thurlands Drove Junction, Upwell; Hall Bridge Road Junction to New Bridge, Upwell & Isle Bridge Outwell to Outwell Boat Basin)

The Commissioners intend to undertake the fifth phase of channel maintenance dredging works to remove siltation and sediment from Well Creek during January/February 2019.  The exact timing will be dependent upon Norfolk County Highways’ acceptance of the necessary road traffic management plan and weather/river conditions during that time.

Should the Well Creek freeze over, a contingency for dredging operations to be curtailed for up to one week to allow for ‘fen skating’ will be in place.

The resultant dredgings will be transported away from site to Salter’s Lode, where they will be stored and left to dry sufficiently to be re-handled and re-used elsewhere in the Commissioners’ river system as bank raising material.

The proposed works will not necessitate a navigation closure of Well Creek, nor is it envisaged residential or business access will be affected by the proposed works.  Please be assured we will endeavour to work as efficiently and effectively as conditions allow.

In order to keep adjacent residents and business owners fully informed, hand delivered notices will be posted prior to the works commencing.

Should you have any other queries relating to the proposed works, please contact Jonathan Fenn at the Commissioners’ offices.

Completed Maintenance Works

Well Creek – (Phase IV British Legion Footbridge – Isle Bridge, Outwell)

The fourth phase of the Well Creek dredging programme commenced during the second week of January 2018. It was necessary for the contractors long reach hydraulic excavator to work on four consecutive Sundays from the carriageway of the A1101 (Town Street) under traffic control to minimise traffic disruption along this length. Dredging works were undertaken during the weekdays from Lowside where bank side access was afforded. Approximately 3600m³ (6300 tonnes) of silt were removed from the river bed, along a length of approximately 760 metres. The resultant dredgings, approximately 525 loads, were transported to the receiving site by a fleet of five tractors/trailers. The silt will be left to dry out over the summer months, allowing it to be re-handled and used for bank raising material elsewhere within the Commissioners system in the future.

Completed Maintenance Works

Old River Nene(Bevills Leam Junction – Speed the Plough Junction)

Maintenance dredging works commenced during late December 2017 to remove siltation from the bed of the Old River Nene from Bevills Leam Junction to Speed the Plough Junction. It was necessary to work from both sides of the raised embankments to afford the contractors 18-metre-long reach machine the ability to reach the centre of the channel. The silt material has been placed along the crest of the raised embankments, where it will be left to dry during the spring months. The material will raise and strengthen the existing raised embankment. Final levelling and grass seeding will be undertaken during the summer.