Pennine Waterways News

Tuesday 27 January 2009

Photos of Cooper Bridge Weir Failure

Following on from the report on Friday's closure of the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge, I can now bring you some new photos that show clearly why navigation is not possible.

The photo above shows BW staff inspecting the damaged weir. The structure is not normally visible from this viewpoint, indicating how much the level has fallen.

The initial failure dropped the level by a foot or two, then a large section of the weir completely collapsed, rendering the river unnavigable from Kirklees Lower Lock to Cooper Bridge lock cut, including the access to the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

The entrance to the Huddersfield Broad Canal - too shallow to navigate.

Low levels on the Cooper Bridge lock cut that bypasses the weir.

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