Marple to remain closed until May Day
The emergency stoppage at Marple Locks following subsidence and movement of a lock wall in September 2017 has been extended yet again, with the 16-lock flight not now expected to reopen until immediately before the May Day holiday weekend.
You can read an in-depth report of the problems and the work being done to tackle them in our News Special on page 12.
Meanwhile a separate scheduled stoppage is also in progress to install railings on safety grounds on the non-towpath side at the nearby Marple Aqueduct (pictured). Although criticised by some for detracting from the historic appearance of the structure, they have been designed to form what the Canal & River Trust describes as “a sympathetic and lasting addition to the structure”, inspired by a ‘cotton weave’, a reference to the nearby site of Mellor Cotton Mill – and CRT told Canal Boat that there was a possibility that their installation may allow a walkway to be opened up on this side of the aqueduct.
The new railings during installation