March re­open­ing for Marple?

PEAK FOR­EST CANAL

Canal Boat - - News -

The Cheshire Ring looks set to re­main closed to through nav­i­ga­tion un­til March, as a re­sult of a lock cham­ber wall prob­lem which shut Marple Locks in Septem­ber.

Fol­low­ing sub­si­dence of the lock­side by Lock 15 of the 16 lock flight on the Peak For­est Canal, ini­tial ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed that the lock cham­ber wall had moved, and the flight was closed. The Canal & River Trust told Canal Boat that fur­ther ground in­ves­ti­ga­tions (in­clud­ing dig­ging large bore­holes around the lock to pro­vide de­tailed in­for­ma­tion of ground makeup) were con­tin­u­ing as we went to press, with a view to es­tab­lish­ing the ex­tent of “com­plex emer­gency re­pairs” needed. These will in­volve tak­ing down the old lock wall, in­stalling a con­crete re­tain­ing wall be­hind it, and then re­in­stat­ing the lock wall. To make mat­ters more dif­fi­cult: • The lock is in a con­ser­va­tion area • The work will in­volve an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig • The work is tak­ing place in a con­fined site The Trust hopes to start work be­fore Christ­mas, and told Canal Boat that “we want the re­pairs com­pleted by mid-March”, with the op­por­tu­nity taken to carry out other work on the flight while it is closed.

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