The canal was closed at 9.00 am today following what British Waterways mysteriously describe as "asset failure" at Lock 3. As overnight mooring on the lock flight is not recommended, the entire lock section is now closed.
BW will issue an update at 12.00 noon on Monday 13th June.
This stoppage affects boaters navigating the Cheshire Ring and the South Pennine Ring. Boaters approaching the canal should remain moored in Manchester or at Portland Basin until further news is available.
Update 13th June:
The Ashton Canal will remain closed until 2.00 pm Tuesday 14th June to allow contractors to effect emergency repairs at Lock 3.
Update 14th June:
The canal has now re-opened.
Lock 3, Ashton Canal