Heat is on as wa­ter re­stric­tions hit the L&L

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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

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