Lock 1 - Graving Lock - Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal


From Date: 23/09/2019 06:00

To Date: On-going

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Structure failure

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Dee Branch (Shropshire Union)

Starts at: Lock No 1, Graving Lock, Dee Branch

Ends at: Lock No 1, Graving Lock, Dee Branch


09/01/2020 15:24

The report from the Ground Penetration Radar Survey company has now been received and the findings are currently being reviewed.

We are currently working with our contractor and supply chain in the hope we can start onsite the week commencing 27 January 2020, with a planned completion by end of February 2020.

Updates will be provided as works progress.  

18/12/2019 16:17

Further to receiving budget estimates for the repair works, the necessary Contract Documents are now being prepared.

We hope to have all the investigation surveys complete and results returned early in the new year with the full repair works commencing soon after.

An update will be provided week commencing Monday 6 January 2020.

12/12/2019 16:16

The Ground Penetration Radar Survey company is finalising the processing of the data and have indicated that draft data will be issued later today. Our Framework Contractor has now provided a budget estimate for the repair works which is currently being reviewed and quotes have been requested for other elements of works required.

A further update will be provided by Wednesday 18 December.

10/12/2019 16:08

A meeting took place between our Engineers and Project Management team yesterday to discuss possible methods of repair. To determine the actual method of repair, we are awaiting the results from the Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) Survey, which are still being processed by the survey company. We hope to receive an initial draft of the results this week.

A further update will be provided by Friday, 13 December, following the GPR Survey results.

05/12/2019 15:14

The Project Delivery team will be holding a meeting Monday 9 December to discuss project progress, including the recent ground investigation works and timescales for the repair works. Following this meeting, an update will be provided Tuesday 10 December.

Your nearest Trust owned Pump Out Facility is located at Calveley Services, by Bridge 104, Calveley Turnover Bridge. This is an amendment to the information provided below and we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

27/09/2019 11:01

Our engineers have been to site and assessed the full extent of the damage caused by the collapsed towpath.

To plan a sufficient repair, we are seeking advice from our heritage team and design team. Whilst this is ongoing, the dry dock, canal and towpath will remain closed.

Due to the location of the sink hole, the pump out will also be closed whilst the repair is carried out. The nearest pump out station is a self-operated pump out located at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

All other customer service facilities are still in use.

Updates will be provided whilst the works are ongoing.


Please be advised that the towpath and lock are closed at Lock 1 on the Dee Branch of the Shropshire Union canal due to a large hole appearing overnight in the towpath adjacent to the lock.

Our teams and engineers will be onsite today to investigate large hole which has resulted in the damage to the towpath.

Navigation will not be possible at this moment. We politely request customers to approach the area with caution and to listen to any advice that may be given onsite.   

An update will be provided tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon following an inspection from our engineers