Pennine Waterways News

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Wigan Stoppage


Boaters on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal face delays as a section of the canal through Wigan is closed.

The stoppage arises because the pound between Lock 86 (Henhurst Lock) and Lock 87 (Bottom Lock) needs to be de-watered so that a paddle at Lock 86 can be repaired. The pound to be drained is the one outside the windows of the Canal and River Trust's North West office!

This stoppage affects boats travelling between Wigan and Burscough. Boats travelling between Wigan Top Lock and the Leigh Branch are not affected.

The Canal and River Trust will issue an update on Thursday 30th August.

Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to the Canal and River Trust on Enquiries: 03030 404040.

Urgent Update Tuesday 28th August, 11.30 am:
A further stoppage notice has been issued. Lock 83 is also to be de-watered to repair a paddle. This means that the whole of the Wigan lock flight is closed.

Further updated will be posted here when they are received.

Update Thursday 30th August, 9.00 am:
Lock 83 has now re-opened to navigation.
Lock 86 and 87 have also re-opened.

Urgent Update Friday 31st August, 9.00 am:
The Wigan flight between Locks 65 and 85 has been closed again to allow for the repair of broken paddles. The Canal and River Trust will issue a further update on Monday 3rd September.

Update Monday 3rd September, 11.00 am:
The Wigan flight between Locks 65 and 85 has now re-opened.

Urgent Update Tuesday 4th September, 11.00 am:
The Wigan flight between Locks 65 and 85 will be closed again on Wednesday 5th September to allow for the replacement of damaged baffles at Lock 83. The work is expected to take just one day.

Update Thursday 6th September, 3.00 pm:
The Wigan flight between Locks 65 and 85 has now re-opened.


Henhurst Lock, Wigan

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