Leak still being investigated

Published: Saturday, 22 August 2009

THE cause of the leak at Shebdon Embankment is still being investigated, British Waterways have announced, but have confirmed that its repair will take several weeks.

However, careful water level management is keeping the extra traffic having to use other parts of the system moving, with feeds across the network also being adjusted to ensure water is maintained at navigable levels.

This includes increased pumping capacity through Shebdon to Tyrley to keep boats moving in the wake of the stoppage on the Shropshire Union Canal. The picture by Richard Hall shows the bypass pumping at the South Coffer-dam.

Other measures include allowing the maximum number of boats through Harecastle Tunnel on the Trent & Mersey Canal and placing additional staff on locks at other canals to cope with extra boat traffic.

Customer Services Manager David Baldacchino thanked those affected for their continued patience, remarking:

"I am delighted that customers can once again enjoy the Shropshire Union Canal up to the area of the breach, where the canal through the lovely market towns of Shropshire is fully open."

Meanwhile customers are requested to follow the instructions of British Waterways' staff on site in order to allow the maximum number of boats that can continue on their way.