Announcing the details of our programme of repairs on waterways across the East Midlands this winter.
We're investing around £800,000 over the coming months to replace a number of handcrafted lock gates and carry out repairs to historic waterway structures. The works will start in November and continue until next March.
The programme includes:
Phil Mulligan, regional director, said: “Research tells us that time spent by the water can help us to feel happier and healthier so this programme of works is about far more than bricks and mortar."
“By investing this money over the winter months we’ll not only be protecting the historic fabric of our waterways and making sure they’re working well for boaters but we’ll also be ensuring that local communities have safe, open waterways to enjoy."
“Our expert teams will be braving the elements to make sure the waterways, which play such an important part in so many people’s daily lives, are in good working order.”
The lock gates on the East Midlands’ waterways weigh several tonnes and typically last around 25 years. Each new gate is made to measure and handcrafted from seasoned oak so that it fits perfectly in the lock chamber.
For more information on the works planned on the nations canals this winter, visit our stoppages and notices section.