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For information and action: 

Due to a short notice, urgent request by a boat owner on the Medway at Tonbridge. The Medway Navigation team need to lower the Town Lock pen by approx. 600mm to assist with safe passage of a barge under Two bridges in Tonbridge.

This operation is planned for Wednesday 19th June at 07:30 and will take a maximum of 1 hour to complete. The pen level will be reinstated immediately after the barge is through the bridges.

The situation will be monitored constantly by the navigation team and due to the short period of pen lowering we would not expect any impacts on the environment.

 Relevant duty officers and river users will be informed prior to the commencement date.

 If you have any comments or concerns regarding this please contact Allington Lock on 01622 752864.



Following a UNISON ballot, some Environment Agency staff, including Upper Medway Navigation Staff may take industrial action on pre-planned days. All staff will be able to remove themselves from their rostered duty shifts on these days between specific times. These have been confirmed as:
                                                     1700 hrs 14th June- 0900 hrs 15th June2019
                                                     1700 hrs 21st June -0900 hrs 22nd June 2019
                                                     1700 hrs 28th June -0900 hrs 29th June 2019
Please contact Allington Lock to find out how this might affect the Navigation.


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Upper Medway Navigation 2018 - 2019 Customer Charter 

Please click above to view the 2018-2019 Customer Charter for the Upper Medway Navigation

Notice to Mariners:

Notice 01 of 2019 - Winter Maintenance Draw Downs

Notice 02 of 2019 - Reopening of Navigation at Teston Bridge

Notice 03 of 2019 - MIRC Spring Head Race

Notice 04 of 2019 - Brandbridges Bridge Works

Notice 05 of 2019 - Obstruction in River

Notice 06 of 2019 - Obstruction in River cleared

Notice 07 of 2019 - Maidstone Canoe Marathon - 12/05/2019

Notice 08 of 2019 - Temporary Reduced Speed Limit

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