8th August 2018
16th August 2018
16/08/2018 @ 12:30
We are pleased to confirm that with effect from today the 16th August 2018 we are now able to remove the overnight restrictions from the Middlewich lock flight on the Trent and Mersey Canal.
We have been able to achieve this as a result of additional water resources being pumped through the Middlewich Breach site into the Middlewich pounds, our teams will continue to monitor levels on a daily basis.
As the restriction comes to an end, we would like to thank our customers for their patience during this time.
Due to the continued issues that we have been experiencing in Middlewich due to low water, we are introducing overnight closures on the locks between Locks 67 to Lock 75 on the Trent & Mersey canal. These closures will be in place 7 days a week until further notice.
The canal will be locked at Locks 67 to Lock 75. The locks will be put on at 6pm and our teams will work with boaters in this section after that time to ensure their passage out. Moorings are available immediately below these locks for people arriving after 6 pm.
The canal will be reopened at 8am on each subsequent morning.
These restrictions are necessary so that we can endeavour to maintain navigation by allowing the water levels to recover overnight .
If you want to know more about this issue or the canal generally please contact our office at Red Bull On 0303 040 4040
It’s not clear how long these restrictions will last for but it’s likely to be throughout August and potentially beyond if there are not significant and sustained periods of rainfall. We will continue to monitor the water resource position and update as necessary. The towpath will remain open for visitors and the local community to enjoy.
In the meantime, boaters can help conserve water by:
Sharing locks where possible and making the best use of the water available.
Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they’ve passed through a lock.
Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through.
Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.