Great progress is being made on site and works are moving forward in all the areas we have planned on the Marple flight. Between the repair to Lock 15 and the other works we are undertaking along the flight, we will be spending around £2.5m in the area this winter. This will see some significant improvements to the locks, towpaths and at the aqueduct, as well as delivering the key works to repair Lock 15.
The work at Lock 15 is critical though and very complex owing to the confined site, close to houses. We have reviewed our programme based on what we are finding at site and have set a reopening date of 29th March. We appreciate this is slightly later than first anticipated but is in time for the Easter weekend.
We wanted to assure you we are doing all that we can to reopen the flight as quickly as possible.
As a result of the emergency works to repair the chamber wall at Lock 15, the Marple flight will be completely closed until 16th March 2018.
Unfortunately, this means it will not be possible to open the canal for navigation on 27th and 28th January, as originally planned.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.