Gear­ing up for win­ter work

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A TO­TAL OF 162 in­di­vid­ual lock gates are set to be re­placed at 62 locks across the wa­ter­ways net­work, as the Canal & River Trust fi­nalises its win­ter main­te­nance pro­gramme ready to start work in early Novem­ber.

Al­to­gether there will be 288 stoppages for en­gi­neer­ing work, with the work­sites in­clud­ing 180 locks, 18 bridges, 17 canal walls, five cul­verts, three aque­ducts and one em­bank­ment. This rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in work­load from last year’s 170 stoppages, made pos­si­ble by the in­crease in an­nual Govern­ment fund­ing (agreed un­der the 2012 con­tract when CRT was set up).

Fol­low­ing CRT’s re­or­gan­i­sa­tion into na­tional teams, there is more em­pha­sis on pri­ori­tis­ing work in those parts of the sys­tem where the Trust be­lieves more work is needed.

This will be felt most in the Manch­ester & Pen­nine re­gion, which will see 60 stoppages (more than a quar­ter of the na­tional to­tal), com­pared to just six each in the Ken­net & Avon and London re­gions. One change from the orig­i­nal draft is that fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion the work pro­gramme’s end date has been brought for­ward from 31 March to 17 March, other than at the fol­low­ing ma­jor work sites: Peak For­est Canal: Marple Mon­mouthshire & Bre­con: Taly­bont, Llan­gat­tock and Goytre

CRT is plan­ning to re­peat its pop­u­lar open days pro­gramme, with work­sites al­ready ear­marked in­clud­ing Fradley Locks, Marple Locks and Taly­bont Aqueduct.

See page 66 for de­tails of pre-Christ­mas stoppages.

Ready to go: new lock gates and new crane at Bradley work­shops

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