Extensive repairs on Weaver’s Marsh Lock
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