The offside paddle at Lock 17 has failed and cannot be closed. Water is being lost from the pound above, which has become un-navigable. BW says that a team will be starting work on the paddle this afternoon but it is unlikely that the canal can be re-opened here until late tomorrow (Thursday 21st April).
This stoppage will affect boaters navigating the Cheshire Ring and the South Pennine Ring. Boaters approaching the Ashton Canal should moor up at Portland Basin, Ashton or at Piccadilly Basin/Ducie Street, Manchester and not set off along the canal today.
For any enquiries about this stoppage contact British Waterways on 01782 785703.
Update: 20th April, 4.30 pm
BW ground staff have managed to repair the paddle quicker than expected and the navigation has now re-opened.
Lock 17, Ashton Canal