There is to be a two-day stoppage at Lock 61 (Scowcroft Lock) on the Rochdale Canal due to damage to the wooden cills. The lock will be closed Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October.
The wooden cills that form a seal to the bottom of the gates have been damaged (possibly by a boat passing over while water levels are low) and this is making it difficult to fill the lock. The lock will re-open to navigation on Thursday 14th October.
This is a different problem from the one reported last week in which Locks 62 and 63 are only open to navigation between 9.30 am and 3.00 pm each day.
Lock 61 is not part of the 19 locks between Failsworth and Manchester that require booking, as stated in a BW stoppage notice. The Irk Aqueduct moorings, which are recommended as an overnight stop when heading into Manchester, are south of Lock 61. Boaters heading towards Manchester should moor at Slattocks (above Lock 54) until Lock 61 has re-opened.
Scowcroft Lock beyond the railway bridge