'Rochdale Nine' still closed

Published: Thursday, 24 June 2021

THE 'Rochdale Nine' through Manchester is still closed at Lock 85.

Though the design for the replacement steel bracket to repair the lock has been approved and is being fabricated this week, the lock chamber has to be dewatered and the gates inspected, Keith Gudgin reports.

Installation of the bracket

After this the intention is to then start work on the installation of the bracket once its design has been approved by the engineers, which is required as the lock is a listed structure.

It is expected that the navigation will reopen in early July.