The "Rochdale Nine" flight of locks through the centre of Manchester has been closed to navigation.
This follows an incident in which a boat struck a gate at Lock 92 (Duke's Lock). The impact resulted in the lock gate lifting and snapping the anchor plate that holds the gate in place.
British Waterways report that the gate is now loose and needs securing. The canal has had to be closed until the repair is completed. BW is hopeful that the Canal will reopen by 8.00 am on Tuesday 17th August 2010.
Boaters on the Bridgewater Canal intending to travel up the Rochdale Nine should moor at Castlefield and boaters intending to travel down the Rochdale Nine should moor at Piccadilly Basin (Ducie Street) until the canal has been re-opened.
This stoppage affects boaters navigating the Cheshire Ring between the Bridgewater and Ashton Canals. Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to BW on 01782 785703.
Update: 17th August
The repair has been completed and the navigation has now re-opened.
Lock 92, Rochdale Canal