British Waterways has warned that Marple Locks are currently closed to navigation.
Lock 8 of the flight is de-watering itself, making navigation through the lock impossible. This is possibly due to a failed wooden cill or a faulty paddle. BW staff are investigating the problem today and will carry out a repair tomorrow.
It is hoped that the locks can be re-opened at 6 pm tomorrow (Wednesday 19th May). Boaters should not attempt to enter the lock flight until the stoppage has been lifted.
This stoppage affects boaters navigating the Cheshire Ring.
Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to BW on 01782 785703.
Update, 18th May: It is thought that CCTV cameras will need to be used to survey the bywashes in conjunction with this stoppage. This work may continue into Thursday 20th May, requiring 20-minute restrictions to navigation.
Update, 19th May: Due to damage being worse than first thought, the lock will not re-open to navigation until 6 pm on Thursday 20th May.