Fi­nal Olympic open­ing sched­uled

BOW BACK RIVERS

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THE FI­NAL STEP in the open­ing up of East Lon­don’s wa­ter­ways fol­low­ing the 2012 Olympics will see the first boats for some decades pass through Car­pen­ter’s Road Lock in May 2017.

Built as part of a 1930s im­prove­ment pro­gramme but hardly used, the lock (which was uniquely equipped with ra­dial guil­lo­tine gates at both ends) forms part of the Bow Back Rivers net­work.

Fol­low­ing clo­sure for the Games, re­open­ing of the sys­tem has had to await com­ple­tion of post-Olympic legacy work and also Cross­rail con­struc­tion work. Work to re­store the lock is now un­der way in par­al­lel with chan­nel re­in­state­ment fol­low­ing the Cross­rail works, and a re­open­ing fes­ti­val is planned for the late spring bank hol­i­day week­end on 26-28 May 2017.

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