Barrowford Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal are currently closed after a problem has emerged with the tail gate cill at Lock 48.
Canal and River Trust staff are de-watering the affected section to carry out investigations. An update will be issed when it is known how quickly the lock can be re-opened.
Update Tuesday 6th August:
Investigations have confirmed that the cill is significantly damaged. The concrete requires re-setting before the cill can be fully repaired.
Canal and River Trust will issue a further update on Friday 9th August.
Update Friday 9th August:
Scaffolding is being installed at the lock today in order to enable access. Pumps are also being installed. The Canal and River Trust team will be working through the weekend to help speed up the job. The work is expected to take approximately one week.
Update Wednesday 14th August:
The Canal and River Trust reports that the damaged concrete has been fully removed along with the timber flooring. The new timber flooring has been prepared and installed. The cills have been installed and will be locked into position today. When this has been done new concrete will be laid. This should take around three days to cure before scaffolding can be removed and the area re-watered. During this period, staff will be completing two sections of wash wall repairs and debris removal at the site.
The Canal and River Trust expects the canal to be open by Monday 19th August. A further update will be issued on Friday 16th August.
Update Friday 16th August:
The Canal and River Trust reports that the cill has been successfully installed and concreted. They are now waiting for the concrete to set before removing the scaffold and pumps. The Trust has taken the opportunity to repair two sections of wash wall, carried out some debris removal and have also repaired some lock gearing.
The area is scheduled to re-open to navigation at around 4pm on Saturday 17th August 2013.
Lock 48 at Barrowford