Pennine Waterways News

Friday 12 March 2010

Huddersfield Stoppage extended again

The stoppage which has closed the eastern half of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal since September has been extended yet again.

The major repairs at Lock 14e, Ramsden Mill Lock, Golcar, were scheduled to be carried out between 18th January and 23rd February, but BW announced that recent bad weather and additional work involved in fitting gates will mean that the work will not be complete until 26th March. However, BW now say that the stoppage will continue until Thursday 1st April.

The reason given for the further delay is that additional works were found to be necessary. These are the relining of the paddle culvert which has to be done to allow the lock to be reopened to navigation, and which must be done before the lock gate replacement work can be completed.

There have been long-term problems with leaks from this lock into the adjacent mill building but a more serious leak from the paddle culvert in September 2009 meant that this section of canal had to be closed. As repair work was already planned for the Winter stoppage period the eastern half of the canal has been closed since then.

The continuation of this stoppage will be bad news for local boaters, canal businesses and those who had hoped to make an early journey in this area.

Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to BW on 0113 281 6860.

Lock 14e at Golcar.

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