Still piling on the stoppages

Published: Friday, 07 October 2022

SEPTEMBER saw 27 'Navigation: Closed' notices issued by Canal & River Trust.

Meaning of course that 27 waterways were closed to boaters at one point or another, preventing progress.

The list

 1 Kennet & Avon—Aldermaston Lift Bridge for 'essential maintenance'.

 2 Kennet & Avon—Benham Lock that 'sustained damage'.

 3 Regents Old Ford Lock'breast post snapped by impact'!

 4 Lee NavigationOld Ford Lock closed as sluice not working.

 5 Kennet & AvonAldermaston Lift Bridge requires maintenance.

 6 Erewash'vandals' responsible for low water.

 7 WithamBoston Lock closed for necessary repairs.

 8 Ashtonreduced water levels.

 9 Cobblers Lock'sustained damage'.

10 Old Main Lineheel post failed.

11 Lancaster Glasson Branchlow levels of water.

12 Grand UnionHanwell Flight has defective paddle.

13 Riponlow water level.

14 Kennet & AvonPadworth Swing Bridge power failure.

15 Leeds & LiverpoolWarehouse Swing Bridge mechanical failure.

16 SevernUpper Lode Locks gates need lifting.

17 North Stratford—Lock 2 out of cup.

18 Birmingham & FazeleyLock 7 emergency repairs.

19 Lee Navigationhydraulic failure Lock 12.

20 OuseBoothferry Swing Bridge unable to open.

21 Trentelectrical fault at Stoke Lock.

22 Erewashlow pounds.

23 Leeds & LiverpoolMaghall Swing Bridge electrical fault.

24 Kennet & AvonUfton Swing Bridge power outage.

25 Aire & CalderLeeds Lock no power.

26 MacclesfieldBroadhurst's Swing Bridge fault.

27 Sheffield & Tinsleyfailed sluice Lock 12.

Could have been more

With being away cruising for 16 days there is the possibility that some we missed, so there could have been more.

Some of the stoppages were cleared quickly by the Canal & River Trust team but others needed time to resolve when contractors were involved, often going into a week or more.