Pennine Waterways News

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Wire causes Ashton Canal stoppage

The Ashton Canal is currently closed following heavy duty wire becoming entangled in a loack gate.

On Tuesday a problem was reported after a length of heavy duty cable became wrapped around part of a tail gate, preventing the gate from being operated.

Following investigation it has been discovered that "significant damage" has been caused to the tail gate and lower cill. Repairs will require a full dewatering of the pound between Locks 7 and 8 (a long pound, unfortunately).

BW is awaiting consent from the Environment Agency to carry out a fish rescue, so the canal is likely to remain closed for the next few days.

BW will issue an update on Tuesday 28th April.

This stoppage will affect boaters travelling around the Cheshire Ring and the South Pennine Ring.

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