Gaining vehicular access across privately-owned land to the remote site has been challenging, causing a slight delay before repairs can get underway.
David Baldacchino from the Canal & River Trust comments: “I am sorry for any inconvenience that this temporarily-closed stretch of canal is causing boaters. The timetable for repairs means that anyone currently moored near the Dutton stoppage area, in anticipation of an early reopening, would be advised to make alternative plans.
“We are available to help anyone needing extra advice on alternative cruising routes or temporary moorings.
“The 200 year old Trent & Mersey Canal embankment is constructed of sandy material in the Dutton area which makes it more susceptible to problems than other waterways built of more robust building materials. Once we get on site at the start of the New Year we'll be able to understand the full extent of the leak, begin repairs, and provide a more accurate reopening date.”