Another 29 'Navigation: Closed' notices in May!

Published: Friday, 03 June 2022

THE month of May kept up with April with the dreaded 'Navigation: Closed' notices over the month.

Once again it was 29 waterways given the 'official' figure that were stated as being closed over the month, as reported by our Keith Gudgin, but the April total was updated by Allan Richards showing others also closed but with no notices.

Five closures on 'Narrow'

During May the poor Huddersfield Narrow Canal came off worst with it having five closures, comprising we were told of a damaged cill, Lock 25E padlocked, then a 'blown' cill, then a detached cill finishing with a culvert leak!

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal did not come off too badly during May with just two swing bridges failing—as they do. The fire closing the Blackburn Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool was of course not included.

The good news was that its Eshton Road Lock was repaired at last on the Leeds & Liverpool, as in fact was Oxclose Lock on the Ripon Canal.

Navigation: Closed':

In order of failure

1 Aire & Calder—Knostrop Lock structure failure

2 Huddersfield Narrow—damaged cill 26W

3 Ripon Lock—still voids

4 Grand UnionBuckley Lock 7 reline gates to prevent excessive leaking

5 MacclesfieldRoyal Oak Swing Bridge electrical fault

6 Leeds & LiverpoolEshton Road Lock closed until 25th May

7 RochdaleLock 65 closed until further notice

8 OuseBoothferry Bridge closed since September

9 Riponhole still not filled

10 Huddersfield Narrow—Lock 25E padlocked

11 TrentNether Lock electrical fault

12 Tame Valley Canal—Rushall and Salford Junction no reason given

13 Huddersfield Narrow—24W blown cill

14 Selby Canal—swing bridge sun too hot!

15 Ouseclosed for maintenance

16 Leeds & LiverpoolHancock's Swing Bridge needs more repairs

17 MacclesfieldRoyal Oak Swing Bridge again

18 North StratfordLock 17 broken beam

19 Rochdaleremoving concrete slab and debris

20 Asby—removing fallen tree delay

21 Leeds & LiverpoolWarehouse Swing Bridge failure

22 Huddersfield Narrow—detached Lock 17 W cill

23 Grand Unionclosed at locks 75 and 76, no reason given

24 Bridgewater & TauntonLock 6 structural damage

25 Harecastle Tunnellack of water

26 Netherton Tunneldouble booked

27 RochdaleLock 72 out of order

28  Trent & Mersey/Bridgewaterupper gate post collapsed

29 Huddersfield Narrowculvert leak.

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