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Boats not allowed under hammersmith bridge

Outinthedinghy

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Can the river legally be closed without an act of parliament?
I wondered about this too. Obviously for a short time but longer term, bearing in mind it is a PRN waterway, it seems interesting. Also interesting is that it is not the PLA who have closed the River it is the local authority.
 

Old Crusty

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Can the river legally be closed without an act of parliament?
Harbours Docks & Piers clauses act 1847 states:
The Harbour-master may give Directions for all or any of the following Purposes ; (that is to say,) For regulating the Time at which and the Manner in which any Vessel shall enter into, go out of, or lie in or at the Harbour, Dock, or Pier, and within the prescribed Limits.
 

jecuk

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Harbours Docks & Piers clauses act 1847 states:
The Harbour-master may give Directions for all or any of the following Purposes ; (that is to say,) For regulating the Time at which and the Manner in which any Vessel shall enter into, go out of, or lie in or at the Harbour, Dock, or Pier, and within the prescribed Limits.
That doesn’t allow closure of the river. It is a vessel specific power.
 

Old Crusty

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That doesn’t allow closure of the river. It is a vessel specific power.
If you consider the PRN then the answer is probably no but ancient rights get trampled on frequently.

An HM notice from the PLA prohibiting navigation under the bridge is, effectively, closure of the river at that point.

Only a judge might decide.
 

Scholar Gypsy

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Re additional supports, the central pillars at Albert Bridge were added in the 1970s. I drove over this a couple of days ago, and had forgotten how rickety the decking is!
 
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