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Dredging works will help boats move around Gloucester Docks

Boaters enjoying time afloat in Gloucester Docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal will soon benefit from a major dredging project.

Gloucester Docks

The project

We're going to remove approximately 12,000m3 of silt from the Docks and the canal between Llanthony Bridge and St Ann Bridge. The £200K project will take around six weeks to complete.

Specialist machinery will float in the Docks, with a water-borne plough pulled by a tug. This loosens the sediment at the bottom of the docks, allowing it to be removed by huge pump housed on a floating pontoon. The sediment will be returned to the River Severn.

The importance of dredging

Mark Evans, our director for Wales & South West, explains: “Dredging is an example of the crucial work we do to keep our canals open. If we don't dredge the waterways become silted up meaning boats cannot move around.

“With more and more people enjoying spending their free time on or near our beautiful waterways we want to ensure the canals are working properly and looking their very best. Dredging is central to this and it's a never-ending task for the team as the Severn's huge tidal range means that it constantly deposits large amounts of silt in the canal and Docks.

“The safety of our colleagues and contractors remains a priority, with this project designed to be safely carried out within the Government's coronavirus guidance.”

The Docks, and canal will remain open, but there may be some delays while equipment is brought into place. Anyone wanting to move their boats are asked to contact Gloucester Lock on 01452 310832 and check our website for updates.


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Last Edited: 27 January 2021

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