Ex­ten­sive re­pairs on Weaver’s Marsh Lock

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Oliv­erClay RWWN

MA­JOR re­pairs have be­gun on one of the big­gest locks on the River Weaver in Run­corn as part of a win­ter makeover.

The Canal & River Trust is spend­ing £500,000 on mend­ing Marsh Lock.

Spe­cial­ist divers work­ing at a depth of 6ft be­low wa­ter have in­stalled a tem­po­rary dam us­ing 54 large steel planks, al­low­ing the lock to be drained of wa­ter for the first time in al­most 50 years.

Now it is empty, en­gi­neers from the trust are re­pair­ing the lock’s large oak tim­ber gates.

The work in­cludes re­fur­bish­ing the outer gates, me­chan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal re­pairs to gate op­er­at­ing sys­tems and other fixes within the lock cham­ber.

A trust spokes­woman said that once fin­ished, the lock will be back in use and eas­ier to op­er­ate for many years to come.

The re­pairs are part of a £43m restora­tion and re­pair pro­gramme tak­ing place this win­ter on canals and rivers across the coun­try.

Si­mon Hard­ing, Canal & River Trust project man­ager, said: “Marsh Lock is a large ship lock built in 1895 to link the Weaver Nav­i­ga­tion to the Manch­ester Ship Canal and al­low com­mer­cial boat traf­fic at that time to trans­port salt and all man­ner of goods to serve in­dus­try.

“To give some idea of the scale of the project, most locks we re­pair fit one nar­row­boat at a time – Marsh Lock is big enough to fit in 29.”

The Canal & River Trust is a reg­is­tered char­ity and looks af­ter 2,000 miles of wa­ter­ways in Eng­land and Wales. ●

Marsh Lock, one of the largest locks on the River Weaver in Run­corn is un­der­go­ing im­por­tant re­pairs

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