Works have been completed, and boaters can now use the lock.
Due to an unexpected issue with one of the ground paddles, we have had to unfortunately extend this closure. We are hoping to be finished by lunch time today, and will update the website accordingly.
From 08:00 Monday 7 August to 14:00 Sunday 13 August, Sandiacre lock will be closed for the replacement of both ground paddle posts and the removal and re bedding of the coping stones recently dislodged on the off side wall.
A problem with the ground paddles was identified some months ago and we tried to fix them without a stoppage, to minimise disruption, but with limited success. In view of the IWA festival taking place in a few weeks, where we will see many boats visiting the canal, we took the decision to close the navigation for what was likely to be only a 48h closure.
Whilst planning the above work, the copings on the offside of the lock became dislodged and, left unrepaired, presented a risk to boats meaning we had to put a ‘one boat at time’ restriction in place. We tried to move them back into place last week using props, but discovered the copings were larger than expected and failed to move them any significant distance. Again, taking into account the festival, we decided the best option was to carry out a full repair under a closure and so combined these two tasks into one 6 day closure with the team working longer than usual days to keep the length of the closure to a minimum.
We appreciate a 6 day closure in August is undesirable, but hope you can understand that our intention is to minimise disruption in the longer term.