A six-week project to repair a set of lock gates along the Grand Union Canal at Hatton, Warwickshire has been completed last week.
Our engineers have been busy carrying out essential works to lock 46 to ensure the lock gates are water tight. Each lock holds around 240,000 litres of water – the equivalent of around 3,000 bath tubs - and helps carry over 6,000 boats up the hill at Hatton. Brickwork was also repaired and new longer length lock ladders have been installed.
This winter season we are spending £43 million across the country carrying out much needed repairs to the 200-year-old canal network.
John Johnson, our construction supervisor, said: "I’ve been working along the canals for 13 years and I never get bored of seeing a lock completely empty of water. Standing in the bottom, it’s amazing to think these locks were all built by hand using little more than pick axes and shovels. The army of workers who toiled day and night to build this vast network of canals really did create something special - and it’s still working in the same way today as when it was first built."
To find our more about the works, take a look at the video below.