Now it's THREE closures a day!

Published: Monday, 05 June 2023

AFTER starting the month of June with two closures a day, yesterday, Sunday, saw three closures!

There was another on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and two more stoppages on the Kennet & Avon Canal in the one day, Keith Gudgin reports.

Lock 24 DobcrossNot to be proud of

This makes it a total of 10 stoppages in four days—a record certainly not to be proud of.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal is closed at Lock 24W at Dobcross (pictured) with a broken cill, but Canal & River Trust tell it was caused by boat damage, though no particulars how the boat managed it.

The 'team' has been to the site and a plan of repair has been organised.

The Kennet & Avon is really suffering with the two new stoppages making it the second and third already this month.

Sustained damage

Hamstead Lock (81) is out of action with its gates having sustained damage that has resulted in both paddles controlling water pressure becoming unusable.

Again we are not told how this occurred.

The second stoppage on the Kennet & Avon is Brimslade Lock (53) that is out of use with its top gates unable to close owing to a blockage.

Here the 'teams' tried to clear the blockage yesterday however they have not been successful.  Another attempt is to be made today, Monday.