8th May 2015
From the RWSA:
I've been informed by the traffic control officers at Battersea that they have had a few rowers come through the area that haven't known about the Traffic Control.
1, 2 and 5 arches are closed, leaving 3 and 4. Number 4 arch is impassable at low water, because of a depth of 0.3 above Chart Datum.
It can get quite congested, with the clipper berth at Chelsea Harbour Pier, potentially only 1 arch at low water and works craft around the bridge.
Crews would need to contact 'Battersea Control' when at Wandsworth or Battersea Road Bridges on VHF 14, or call 07714 126519. Alternatively, if outwards, they could come alongside the control boat on the bottom end of Imperial Wharf and speak with the crew before transiting the bridge. (Obviously not possible inward bound!)
Works are due to complete around mid-August. Do you feel it's a lot to ask if they carry a VHF or call the launch when needed until then?
Unless you contact the duty launch by telephone or VHF radio no rowing crews are to proceed through Battersea Rail Bridge as per the NTM M15 of 2015. I have asked the PLA to report any clubs who disregard these instructions.