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1. The Royal Victoria Dock (RVD) Footbridge is a high-level bridge which bisects RVD and provides a route from Excel (close to the DLR Custom House Station) over to Britannia Village. It had two lifts that were installed at each end of the bridge. These lifts were poorly designed for the situation. The top of the lifts are open to the elements and should have been fully enclosed. This has caused numerous issues over the years. The lifts are now beyond their economic life and have real reliability issues, regardless of the sums of money which are spent on them.
2. RoDMA are responsible for the maintenance and refurbishment of the RVD Footbridge, but not capital replacement of items such as the lifts. In 2014 it was announced that the developer for the Silvertown Quays (Millennium Mills) had included in their design a new bridge at dock level to cross RVD from the same location on the Excel side to link up with the new development and provide direct access from the planned Crossrail Station. The intention was to have an opening (swing bridge) mechanism to allow ships to pass into the western end of RVD. The plan was that the high-level bridge would then be removed. At this point it was decided that no further options would be considered for replacement of the lifts and that their life would be extended until the new bridge was constructed. This was delayed when the investor pulled out of the development but was recommenced by the new developer in 2018.
3. In 2016 a decision was made to reduce the number of operating lifts on each side to one and focus all the effort in keeping these two running. In 2017, £40k was spent on refurbishing the bridge, dealing with corrosion spots and refreshing the paintwork. Many planks on the top of the bridge and walkways were also replaced. This was followed later in that year by investing a similar amount in the lifts to replace the door controllers and increase their reliability under guidance from Alimak, the manufacturer. This has increased their reliability, but the lifts are still subject to random breakdowns. Towards the end of 2018, RoDMA invested in a purchasing spare parts for the most likely breakdowns to save on the manufacturers extended lead times. The has resulted in a reduction in time from failure to rectification.
4. In 2018 a decision was made by the GLA to retain the existing bridge. The capital replacement of the lifts are now the responsibility of the developer, who are looking to deliver this in Phase 1 of their plan in 2020, subject to obtaining consent in 2019. In 2019 RoDMA will carry out a feasibility study to look at design options to replace the lifts.
5. The bridge is cleaned daily. Unfortunately, RoDMA staff have to deal regularly with the results of individuals urinating and defecating in the lifts. The doors of the lifts are frequently kicked in by individuals which causes failure and then they have to be removed from service. RoDMA continue to do all they can to present the bridge in its best condition and welcome the support of the general public in doing so.
6. The current failure is one of the centrifugal brakes on one of the lifts. We cannot use a replacement from the old lifts, as they do not permit secondhand brakes to be used. The lead time for the part is 6 weeks. This will be delivered on 27 June and will be fitted as soon as available. We will then have them re-inspected and brought back into use in early July.
7. We apologise for the continuing inconvenience this causes the people which live and work around the area.
The Royal Docks Management Authority Ltd.
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STATEMENT FROM RODMA
On 28 January RoDMA gave one months’ notice to Predator Adventures to terminate its operation in the Royal Docks. This was for various reasons, but ultimately after a year of Predator Adventures operating in the Docks it became clear that the negative impact of their operation on RoDMA, other licensed water users and residents far outweighed the positives. Following termination, this gave them up until the 28th of February to either honour bookings for the month or reimburse customers.
It is now apparent that Predator Adventures have ceased operating in the Docks completely, so we would advise that you do not arrive at Royal Victoria Dock for your Seabreacher experience and instead contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss rebooking with them or claiming your money back.
Please note that RoDMA are a separate organisation and are unable to help you with your cancelled booking or to receive reimbursement.
Royal Docks Management Authority Ltd.