Leicester Line reopens at last as reservoirs recover
AFTER an unprecedented water-related autumn closure lasting almost four months, locks 30 to 38 of the Leicester Line of the Grand Union finally reopened on 12 January, following improvement of reservoir stocks as a result of rain and the recovery of groundwater levels.
This was part of a widespread and rapid refill of many reservoirs. As a result the Canal & River Trust, which just a few weeks earlier had been preparing contingency plans for 2018, is now starting the year with supplies looking relatively healthy.
As we went to press, a restriction to lock opening hours was still in force at Marsworth Locks on the Grand Union Main Line, where water shortage has been exacerbated by pump reliability problems.
See pages 12-13 for our News Feature on the challenges of providing current and future water supplies to the canal system.