Thrupp lift bridge, again
The bridge now requires two, or preferably three, people to operate it. One to turn the key and put their finger on the 'raise bridge' button and then, when the bridge has raise a couple of inches, the the other(s) using the edge of the bridge to hold on to use all their might to try and lift the bridge. This gives the bridge a helping hand and it will either continue to raise, or won't. If it doesn't then the bridge should be lowered and then raised. The second time is should go up without any problems.
This techique is dangerous as one could strain ones back or fall in the canal. The technique was discovered when two work boats could not get through and CRT were called upon. When I went to go through the bridge I was told of the 'new' technique....the explanation being that the hydraulics are a bit 'thick' in these temperatures.
A bit 'thick'.... I like that!!!
Update. I wrote to CRT about the problem and already I have had a general email saying that the lift bridge is not working properly and navigation is closed until it is fixed. They are hoping a specialist contractor will repair it within 24hours.