Le­ices­ter Line re­opens at last as reser­voirs re­cover


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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.

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