From Date: 02/06/2018 13:00
To Date: 16/07/2018 07:00 inclusive
Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure
Is the towpath closed? No
Closest waterway: Wyrley & Essington Canal
Starts at: Teeces Bridge
Ends at: Teeces Bridge
Upstream winding hole: North of Teeces Bridge use the junction with the Cannock Extension Canal
Downstream winding hole: South of Teeces Bridge use Birchills Junction
We apologise again for the slight extension to the stoppage, but we have been assured that the last dam will be removed from the canal Sunday evening. As a result, the canal will reopen Monday 16th July at 7am.
Severn Trent have been unable to complete the culvert repairs on time due to unforeseen circumstances, therefore the stoppage will need to be extended until Friday 13th July 2018.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
After much deliberation we have decided the works at Church Bridge will now be carried out in November as originally planned. This will allow the Walsall Canal to be used as an easy diversion route and allow the rest of the Wyrley and Essington to remain open during the navigation closure at Teeces Bridge.
We apologise for the confusion but feel this will be the best solution for all.
Please note that due to the additional closure at Church Bridge, the Walsall Canal should not be used as an alternative route from 18th June.
Following the emergency closure at Teeces Bridge, we expect the repair works here to be completed by 6th July.
We have also contacted the Third Party contractors, Bagnalls (for Cadent Gas) to see if we could work together to bring forward their planned November winter works at Church Bridge, Wednesfield to coincide with this unexpected closure of the navigation. As a result, we are pleased to confirm this closure will now be carried out from 18th June – 6th July. This will avoid having a further stoppage on the navigation in the winter. A separate notice will be issued for these works.
Further to the below notice, Severn Trent have accepted ownership of the culvert and are undertaking repair works.
Whilst the towpath remains open, banksman will manage users through the works as and when necessary.
A culvert that runs below the canal has collapsed and the level of the canal is continuing to drop so we need to isolate the section with the leak to protect the remainder of the canal.
Please note the Northern and Southern Sections of the canal are all open and can be accessed via the Tame Valley and Rushall Canals or either the Walsall canal or Wolverhampton Main line.