Boston (UK) Barrier simulation

Marine Pilot Mark Murrison navigates the Boston Belle passenger vessel through the Boston Barrier in a simulation at HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre in Oxfordshire.
A simulation of a fishing boat passing the Boston Barrier downriver

A Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) for the Boston Barrier (England, East Coast) has received approval, giving the Environment Agency the goahead to proceed with the construction and operation of a £100 million flood defence scheme to better protect Boston’s homes and businesses from the risk of tidal flooding.

As part of a public enquiry, HR Wallingford’s UK Ship Simulation Centre worked with Mott MacDonald and the Environment Agency to create a virtual navigation simulation to help river users better understand what navigating the river would be like, both during the construction phase and when the barrier is in place.