This Winter, British Waterways has been making "a significant investment" in the improvement of the trip boats at Standedge Tunnel in order to improve reliability. It turns out that the work involves is far more extensive than originally thought, and it has not been possible to make up for time lost through bad weather at the start of the year.
This means that the trip boats will not be able to start operating this weekend as originally intended. However, BW is confident that the boats will be able to commence operation on Saturday 26th March.
Protective scaffolding will need to remain in place until work on the boats is complete, which means that navigation past the site is not possible. This means that Standedge Tunnel will not re-open for boat passage until the scaffolding has been dismantled. It looks as if tunnel passage for 2011 will now begin on Monday 28th March.
Work on Lock 8E, Spring Mill Lock at Factory Lane, Milnsbridge will not be completed until Friday 25th March. BW has said that due to circumstances beyond their control, the lock gate replacement works at Lock 8E "have been delayed and will over run their original planned completion date by one week".
For any enquiries about these stoppages contact British Waterways on 01782 785703.