Pennine Waterways News

Wednesday 5 May 2010

Car in Lock blocks Rochdale Canal

Boating on the western side of the Rochdale Canal has been disrupted by a car that has ended up in a lock.

British Waterways reports that the car is in Lock 63, Walk Mill Lock, just north of Irk Aqueduct, Chadderton.

The lock will remain closed pending a police investigation. BW wil issue an update tomorrow (6th May).

If the lock number is correct then it is a puzzle how the car came to be there as it is a long way from the nearest road.

Boaters awaiting passage should moor up at the Irk Aqueduct moorings or above Slattocks Locks until BW announces that the lock has re-opened.

Any enquiries regarding this stoppage should be made to BW on 01782 785703.

Update, 7th May: The car has been removed and the lock has re-opened to navigation.

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Lock 63, Walk Mill Lock


  1. Yvonne Davidson5 May 2010 at 23:39

    Hope no1 hurt
    Bit of a pain for the poor boaters especially if they have to be somewhere at a particular time,
    Hope gets sorted out soon.

  2. very annoying for boaters and whats the point in putting a car in a lock.


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