Four 'emergency navigation closures' on Leicester Line

Published: Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Canal & River Trust has revealed that there are to be four 'emergency navigation closures' on the Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal during September and October.

All the closures relate to work needed on locks that are in urgent need of repair, Keith Gudgin tells us.


The first of the stoppages is on the 4th of September when Ervins Lock will be closed to navigation for five days  from the 4th to 8th of September, inclusive.

The second of the stoppages will be when Whetstone Lane Lock will be closed to navigation also for five days from the 11th to the 15th September, inclusive.


Then it is the turn of Blue Banks Lock that will also be closed to navigation for five days, inclusive from the  9th to the 13th October.

Finally it will be Kings Lock that will be closed, again to navigation for five days, from the 23rd to the 27th October, inclusive.

Could be extended

All the stoppages will be from 9am on the first morning to 4pm on the last day, but should problems occur any of these dates could of course be extended.

Even though the Trust rate these stoppages as 'emergencies', lack of workforce means these stoppages cannot be undertaken altogether to limit the time the waterways is closed, it having to be closed five separate times.