Despite the challenging weather, our specialist engineering teams working in the North West have made amazing progress over the last few months.
As part of the four-month winter works programme, the Trust’s expert engineering teams are replacing worn-out lock gates, dredging waterways and carrying out a host of tasks to keep the 200-year old network in good working order.
Work has included major projects on the Ashton, Huddersfield Narrow, Lancaster, Leeds & Liverpool, Rochdale and Shropshire Union canals, River Weaver Navigation, plus the Ribble Link, near Preston.
Take an in-depth look at the lock gate repair work in Manchester at Brownsfield Lock 83 on the Rochdale Canal.
Click on our 360 degree interactive picture to find out more about the Lock 83 project and the fascinating history of Ancoats, the regenerated heart of the old cotton industry. Click on the links to enjoy ten short films, including a new poem “Love the Rochdale Canal” by Lynn Pegler.
A celebratory poem.
Find out what's going on in Manchester with our virtual open days.
Find out how tailgates work and how they have been restored at lock 83.
Join Mark, as he shows us some of the main features of Lock 83.
Join James, as he shows us the process of gate refurbishments at Lock 83.
Last date edited: 19 February 2021