Pennine Waterways News

Wednesday 30 June 2010

Rochdale stoppage to fix leaky aqueduct

There is to be a stoppage on the east side of the Rochdale Canal summit to fix the leaking Warland Aqueduct.

This section of canal will be closed between Monday 5th and Thursday 8th July. This is so that water levels can be lowered to allow for placement and compaction of puddle clay adjacent to the aqueduct. Boaters have been finding low water level in the pound, causing delays for boats crossing the summit.

As announced yesterday, water supply to the Rochdale summit is becoming critical so BW must act immediately to avoid this continuing waste.

BW is asking boaters booked to cross the summit to moor below Lock 30 or Lock 42 to await instructions.

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

Update 6th July:
BW reports that the work is going well and should be completed on Wednesday 7th July, after which passage across the summit can be resumed (although still on a restricted basis). Boaters heading east are warned of the current stoppage in the Sowerby Bridge area.

Rochdale Canal at Warland

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