Heat is on as water restrictions hit the L&L
DESPITE SOME WELCOME rainfall in the late spring and early summer, water supplies for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal have dropped to a low enough level for some locks in the Wigan area to be restricted to two hours per day – but overall, the Canal & River Trust’s message is still ‘don’t panic’.
Following lower than average winter rainfall and a particularly dry April, CRT is only opening locks 65 and 85 on the Main Line ( the top and bottom locks of the 21 Wigan Locks east of the junction with the Leigh Branch) from 9am to 10am and 2pm to 3pm daily. The idea is that the morning opening will allow boats into the flight, and the afternoon opening will let them out again. Meanwhile Poolstock Lock 1 on the Leigh Branch near the junction and locks 88 and 89 on the Main Line west of Wigan are being closed overnight from 8pm to 8am.
Overall, though, CRT emphasises that the situation is not yet serious, with no limits on any other canals yet. The Trust’s summary is: . Don’t panic: it’s a lot less serious than 2011. . Everyone can do their bit: share locks where possible, make sure paddles and gates are properly shut. . There are plans in place: CRT is watching levels carefully, will introduce restrictions as necessary to help stocks last, and communicate its plans with users.
Wigan Locks: opening hours limited