Gearing up for winter work
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