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News article created on 20 December 2016

Repairs completed on the Northampton Canal

We've recently completed a six-week project to repair and replace a number of lock gates along the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.

Repaired lock gates on the Grand Union Canal in Northampton

In total we have replaced two worn out sets of locks gate and repaired a further two sets. The brickwork within some of the lock chamber walls has also been repaired.

Each new lock gate weighs several tonnes and is hand crafted using seasoned oak in a specialist workshop in the Midlands. Every lock gate is unique and will only fit the lock chamber it was made for and normally last 25 years before it needs replacing.

The work is part of our annual maintenance programme and normally part of the canal is closed for several weeks over the winter so that essential repairs can take place. This winter season the Trust is spending £43 million across the country carrying out much needed repairs to the 200-year-old canal network.

Charlotte Wood, from the Canal & River Trust, said: "This work is essential if we want our canals to keep in good working order so boaters can navigate along the waterways. The work we do ensures the canal runs smoothly while preserving their unique heritage to ensure they work and look exactly like they did when first built."