Bridge heights

Somerleyton Swing Bridge

Yachts need to lower their masts to get under many bridges in the Broads.

The exceptions are Reedham, Somerleyton and Trowse swing bridges, the lifting bridges on Breydon Water, Novi Sad and St Julian's pedestrian bridges in Norwich and the bridge at Carrow Road, Norwich.

Novi Sad Bridge, NorwichArranging a bridge opening for the three Norwich bridges can be done through Broads Control on 01603 756056. At least 24 hours notice should be given.

Trowse Bridge currently is currently experiencing mechanical problems requiring extra assistance to operate. Network Rail therefore require 7 days’ notice to open the bridge. The opening times are 9.05 am on Sundays and any day between 02.00 am and 04.00 am. To arrange opening please call Network Rail on either 01603 675297 or 01603 763440. Any problems in arranging the opening of the bridge should be reported to the Broads Authority Monitoring Officer on 01603 756018 or to david.harris@broads-authority.gov.uk, who will be pleased to assist.

Clearance measurements for bridges given are at Average High Water during summer. There will be greater clearance near Low Water, especially at Great Yarmouth and in the southern rivers. Barometric pressure, rainfall and wind conditions affect river levels so caution should be exercised and bridge gauge board carefully noted.

Frequently asked questions

BridgeClearanceWidthDescriptionVHF
metricimpmetricimp
Acle3.6612'23.778'Fixed road 
Beccles Road Old*1.986' 6"12.641' 6"Fixed road* 
Beccles Bypass New3.6612'28.995'Fixed road 
Breydon Fixed Span3.9613'  Fixed spans12
Breydon Road Lifting3.5111' 6"  Lifting span12
Haddiscoe New Cut7.3224'12.140'Fixed road 
Norwich Jarrolds Bridge3.6311'11"  Fixed pedestrian 
Norwich Lady Julian3.9613'  Swing pedestrian 12 Carrow
Lowestoft Harbour 2.167'1"  Lifting road 14
Ludham2.598' 6"5.418'Fixed road 
Norwich Carrow4.2714'12.530'Lifting road12
Norwich Foundry3.0510'16.454'Fixed road 
Norwich Novi Sad4.8816'16.5 Swing pedestrian12 Carrow
Norwich Trowse2.749'12.930'Swing rail12
Norwich Bishop's Bridge3.210'6"6.0519'10"Arch Fixed road 
Postwick Viaduct10.6735'  Fixed road 
Potter Heigham New2.317'7"22.473' 6"Fixed road 
Potter Heigham Old*1.986'6"  Fixed road* 
Oulton Broad, Lake Lothing4.57 15'  Swing rail 
Oulton Broad Mutford2.397' 10"6.421'Lifting road14, 73
Reedham3.0510'16.654' 6"Swing rail12
St Olaves2.448'23.978' 6"Fixed road 
Somerleyton2.598' 6"16.454'Swing rail12
Thorpe Rail (each)1.836'  Fixed rail 
Wayford2.137'6.120'Fixed road 
Wroxham Rail4.5715'14.347'Fixed rail 
Wroxham Road*2.217 '3"8.0026'6"Fixed road* 
Yarmouth Haven2.909' 6"26.888'Lifting road12
Yarmouth Acle Road2.137'21.370'Fixed road 
Yarmouth Vauxhall2.066' 9"30.4100'Fixed foot 

* Arched bridges

NB In all cases, tidal levels can vary considerably and so affect the above figures.

Bridge Pilots

At Potter Heigham hire boats must use the bridge pilot from Phoenix Fleet boatyard. Pilot service available 8.30am-6.00pm, depending on tide and weather conditions. Telephone 01692 670460.

Potter Heigham Bridge. Hire boats must use the bridge pilot.