The canal is to be closed from midday tomorrow (31st July) until further notice.
The stoppage is to enable emergency demolition work next to the canal near Hulme Hall Bridge. The towpath will also be closed.
Part of the Excelsior Works away from the canal collapsed three days ago and it would appear that the whole building, which abuts the towpath, has been declared unsafe and is to be demolished.
This stoppage is on the arm of the Bridgewater Canal between Stretford and Manchester. The rest of the Bridgewater Canal is not affected.
No end date for the closure has been announced yet.
Update Friday 28th August:
From mid-day today (28th Aug) the navigation will be re-opened with a restricted channel. Boater should pass slowly and use the offside of the canal. The towpath remains closed.
The derelict Excelsior Works on the left of the Bridgewater Canal, near Hulme Hall Bridge.