Oulton Broad Swing Bridge – Underwater Examination

The Oulton Broad swing bridge is on the seaward side of the Oulton Broad lock, in Lowestoft. The existing swing bridge was installed in 1907, replacing a timber version installed in the late 1840’s to carry a single railway track across the waterway.

This is the smallest of the swing rail bridges on The Broads and has a different structure and operating system. Rather than being cable-hauled, the slewing movement for this bridge is achieved by a rack and pinion mechanism, driven from a machinery house mounted to one side of the slewing bridge structure.

On behalf of our client CML, Inspire (Structures) Ltd carried out an underwater examination using Surface Supply Diving equipment with HD video recording and commentary.

Our team had perfect diving conditions – Sunny and good visibility.