11th March 2019
8th March 2019
08/03/2019 @ 08:09
Further to our earlier notice, we have now taken delivery of the specially manufactured brick coping stones in order to complete the repairs of Lock 9. Unfortunately these copings do not meet our engineering and heritage quality standards and are not suitable for installation at Lock 9.
We are therefore, very reluctantly, deferring the works which will now be planned to be undertaken during winter 2019/20.
This stoppage is therefore cancelled. We apologise most sincerely for any inconvenience this has caused to those planning their journeys through the Napton flight.
The Napton flight re-opened as planned on 21st December 2018, following the complete re-build of the chamber wall at Lock 9. Unfortunately, there was a delay in the delivery of the specially manufactured brick copings and so a temporary solution was found to ensure the stoppage was not extended. As a result, we will require a further short closure to replace the temporary solution with the correct coping stones. The stoppage will be in place for five days but the lock pound will not be de-watered.
We have therefore arranged for our contractors to keep the navigation open for passage through the lock after 5pm in the afternoon and before 9am in the morning, each day. However, we would remind our customers not to navigate the lock flight in darkness hours. Please take care when travelling through the lock and follow guidance from our contractors on site.
The canal towpath will remain open during these additional works.