On the Water
Yar Swing Bridge
The Yar Bridge Act of 1858 confers a basic Right of Navigation to vessels over that of road traffic. The Isle of Wight Council owns and maintains the bridge. Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners' staff operate the bridge.
During the summer season (BST) boat owners are requested to co-operate by synchronising their bridge use around a schedule of fixed opening times. This will assist in the management of traffic and avoid congestion.
Summer fixed opening times are:
0800-0810, 0900-0910, 1000-1010,
1200-1210, 1400-1410, 1600-1610,
1730-1740, 1830-1840, 2000-2010
Winter operation (GMT): By arrangement with the Harbour Office during opening hours. A minimum of 30 minutes notice is required. Please contact the Harbour Office on VHF Channel 68 or telephone 01983 760321.
The punctuality of boat arrivals to a close but safe proximity to the bridge is essential to prevent road traffic congestion. Harbour staff have instructions not to hold the bridge open for late arrivals.
Bridge requests and radio messages for bridge opening are handled on VHF Ch 68, callsign Yar Bridge. You should keep in touch with the Bridge Operator on Channel 68.
When the bridge opens the Marine Traffic Signals will show RED.
Traffic flow. Priority will be given to vessels proceeding with the tide. However, under certain circumstances this priority may be reversed at the discretion of the Bridge Operator.
The marine traffic signals on the River Yar swing bridge are fitted with standby lights. The system in operation works as follows: RED for STOP, RED and GREEN together for STAND BY, GREEN for GO. There is also an audible warning device to remind boat owners of the need to comply with these signals.
The Bridge Operator has responsibility for the control of operations at all times. In order to prevent confusion, Bridge Operators have been instructed to ignore hand signals.
New rules for Yar Swing Bridge were instigated in January 2010 and are available from this link Yar Bridge Users Guide.