We are pleased to confirm the navigation between Puppy Green Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch will be re-opened today, 16th April, sooner than originally planned. This was the second phase of works on the embankment and the extent of the repairs required to the waterway wall were happily much less extensive than initially expected prior to dewatering.
Weather conditions since January have been better than usual which has also helped with an earlier completion. In addition, we have increased the manpower involved in the repairs in order to complete the works in a shorter time.
Waterway wall repairs are being undertaken between Puppy Green Pipe Bridge and Netherton Tunnel Branch (Dudley Port Junction).
An alternative route is available by using the Old Main Line (Wolverhampton Level) from Factory Junction through to the Gower Branch Junction and down Brades Locks back onto the New Main Line Canal at Gower Branch Turnover Bridge.
The Netherton Tunnel Branch in unaffected and will remain fully open during the duration of these works. It can be accessed from the New Mainline approaching from the East.
During this closure, Third Party Contractors will also be working alongside the Trust to remove the gas pipe crossing near to Puppy Green Aqueduct. These works will take advantage of the existing stoppage to ensure the impact to the navigation is minimised.