Dredging the locks on the Trent & Mersey Canal

Published: Friday, 14 June 2024

THE Canal & River Trust is dredging several locks on the Trent & Mersey Canal between Burton-on-Trent and Kings Bromley to give boaters better passage.

The dredging started on Monday 10th and will continue to Friday 28th June, and is expected to remove around 25 tons of sediment each from Branston, Dallow, (pictured) and Tattenhill locks, at a cost of around £60,000.

The dredging will be carried out using a specialised grab barge designed for the purpose.

7DallowLockRunning aground

Paul Fox, Senior Project Manager at Canal & River Trust, explained:

“Whilst the depth of the Trent & Mersey Canal in this area is generally fine, boaters have told us they’ve been running aground in some locks. When we heard these reports, we carried out surveys that confirmed a build-up of heavy sediments, and we have planned these dredging works to clear the locks so boaters can use them unimpeded.

“It’s fantastic that our canals and locks, originally industrial freight routes that transformed the physical and economic landscape of our country, are still being used by boats as well as being place for leisure and for nature to flourish.

But our ageing canals demand constant maintenance, with time and climate change taking their toll. We are doing all we can to meet this challenge, but we need help. We are calling on people to support the Canal & River Trust and help keep canals alive for today’s boaters, the local communities they run through, and for future generations.”

To support Canal & River Trust: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/