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Planning & design
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Find a winter mooring
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Two sets of locks on Manchester city centre’s Rochdale Canal are being upgraded and improved, thanks to our £115,000 winter works package.
Our annual programme of restoration and repairs to the nation’s historic waterways during the winter, aims to minimise the inconvenience of navigation closures to boaters during the busy summer season.
We will be closing the canal for six weeks from the beginning of February to carry out planned works to a short section, known as the Piccadilly Undercroft, which flows underneath the main A6 Piccadilly road, near the Malmaison Hotel and Ducie Street. A secure construction site is due to be set up during the week beginning February 6th and public access to the site will not be possible.
A worn-out set of oak gates at Lock 84 are to be replaced and at Lock 85, we will be carrying out refurbishment of the chamber walls and existing lock gates.
Local Canal & River Trust manager David Baldacchino said: "Lock gates only have a working lifespan of two to three decades, so they do need to be replaced at fairly regular intervals. This vital improvement work should really help boaters enjoy a smoother passage through the city centre waterway."
This winter we will be spending over £45million to restore around 164 lock gates across the country, as well as carrying out repairs to aqueducts, reservoirs and tunnels. New lock gates are hand-crafted using traditional methods in our specialist heritage workshops. A single lock gate can take up to 20 days to make and in order for it to be watertight, it needs to be built very precisely, fitting tightly to the masonry of the lock walls and any other gate.
Come and learn more about our Winter Open Days, and find out if there is an event local to you
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends