Northern canals taking the brunt of failures

Published: Thursday, 04 May 2023

ONLY five days into the month and five canals closed.

And four out of the five closures are northern canals—two on the Leeds & Liverpool, one on the Rochdale and another on the Aire & Calder.

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The latest two closures on Wednesday are Handcocks Swing Bridge (9) on the Leeds & Liverpool and Lock 15 on the Rochdale, Keith Gudgin reports.

The swing bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool has an operation fault resulting in unsafe operation whilst the lock on the Rochdale has suffered a failure of both head gate paddles so cannot be operated.


The problem with the Grand Union Lock 45 on Marsworth Flight was a broken balance beam, but being informed on Tuesday that narrowboats could get through, but the notice on Wednesday tells that the lock is now closed to navigation.