12th November 2018
8th May 2019
01/03/2019 @ 17:33
Further to our earlier updates, we are very sorry to report we will be unable to complete the repairs at Finsley Gate within the timescale previously advertised.
Following the dewatering of the navigation, it was discovered the amount of silt along the length of the affected area was far greater than originally anticipated. In addition, once the navigation was drained, the silt was tested and found to be contaminated. When silt is contaminated, special measures have to be taken to remove it from site and to dispose of it safely. These two factors have caused significant delays to the project.
Moreover, when the navigation was dewatered, it was found the retaining wall was in a much worse condition than initially expected. This, too, has resulted in additional works.
Please be assured our contractors are doing everything they can to complete this project as soon as possible. However, we will not be in a position to re-open the navigation until 8 May 2019. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.
15/10/2018 @ 12:22
Please note the start date for this closure has been put back by one week until 12th November.
This is to keep the navigation open for an additional week following the restrictions imposed during the summer due to the drought. Our contractors will be completing their site set-up in the week before the stoppage, so please take care while travelling through the area.
Please note that the towpath will still be closed from 5th November, as originally planned.
03/09/2018 @ 16:51
The length from Manchester Road Bridge 130B to Bridge 130E will be dewatered to allow for canal relining works, work to the towpath retaining wall and offside soft bank protection.
Stop plank grooves will also be constructed at Bridge 130B and Sandholme aqueduct.
The final design and methodology have now been confirmed and, as a result of the extent of works involved and for safety reasons, the towpath will also have to be closed during the stoppage.
Our contractor will erect signage at the convenient closure points so that people can come off and use another route.