Final Olympic opening scheduled
BOW BACK RIVERS
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.