Pennine Waterways News

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Wigan Waterless Once Again

Boaters using the Leeds and Liverpool Canal will be dismayed to hear that the whole of the canal through Wigan has been shut due to low water levels.

This affects the Wigan lock flight and the locks west of Wigan, from Lock 65 to Lock 91 at Appley Bridge. It also includes the two locks at Poolstock on the Leigh Branch.

British Waterways says that, due to low water levels, these locks will be closed to allow the pounds sufficient time to recover to navigable levels.

BW will issue and update on Thursday 3rd June at 2.00 pm.

Enquiries about this stoppage should be made to BW on 01942 405700.

The same area was severely affected by low water levels during March, partly due to anti-social behaviour and partly to problems with the feeder from Scholes.

Update 3rd June:
As water levels in Wigan are not recovering quickly enough, BW is to use a pump to supplement the feeder from the River Douglas at Scholes. BW says this should improve the situation. They will issue a further update on Friday 4th June.

Update 4th June:
BW staff have helped some of the boats that were trapped to continue on their way. BW has now introduced very limited assisted passages through the Wigan flight and restricted opening below Wigan and on the Leigh Branch. See item above for details.


Wigan Flight

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