Marple to re­main closed un­til May Day

Canal Boat - - News -

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

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