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Cross Keys swing bridge

All vessels requiring passage through Cross Keys Bridge at Sutton Bridge must book at least 24 hours in advance to guarantee minimum delays to passage.

During periods of low shipping activity, the bridge may not be manned on certain states of the tide, allowing staff to schedule routine and planned maintenance works during normal working hours.

  • Leisure craft must contact the bridge directly via the online form or by emailing Alternatively, call 01406 350364 or 07788 931616.
  • Commercial shipping and working craft must book passage via the Harbour Office.

Bridge operations

  • The bridge will only be manned 4hrs +/- high water and will be operational +/-3 hrs high water.
  • The bridge has an estimated air draft of 3.40m at HWMS
  • Bridge openings are controlled by marine traffic lights and should be adhered to at all times.
  • During commercial shipping movements small vessels may be required to coordinate their transit with commercial approach
  • A waiting pontoon for small craft is situated adjacent to the West bank, approximately 500 metres north of the bridge. This is for short-term mooring only, allowing craft to make best use of the tide when departing seaward and for holding inbound craft prior to a bridge swing. Vessels should not raft more than two deep, nor use the facility for any other purpose except with the prior permission of the Harbour Office. There is no shoreward access.

Monitor VHF Ch.09 at all times and be aware of commercial shipping movements.

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Last updated: 19 January 2018

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