Sluice at Barbridge Aqueduct Bridge 100A, just south of the junction with the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal


From Date: 03/02/2020 08:00

To Date: 02/03/2020 12:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Shropshire Union Canal

Starts at: Barbridge Aqueduct Bridge No 100A

Ends at: Barbridge Aqueduct Bridge No 100A

Upstream winding hole: Junction of the Llangollen Canal

Downstream winding hole: Between Bridge 104 and 105, Shropshire Union Canal. Between Between Bridges 4 and 5, Middlewich Branch.


28/02/2020 16:09

The works planned for Barbridge sluice are complete and the leaks have been repaired.

However, due to recent heavy rainfall, the dam cannot yet be removed as the dam contractor's team has been called to emergency works elsewhere.

This stoppage has been extended for up to three days. 

We appreciate your patience during these extremely challenging conditions.


There is subsidence around the Barbridge Sluice and this needs to be urgently investigated.  

A dam will be placed in the canal at the sluice and the washwalls and pipes will be inspected and repaired.  Further works may be needed to the sluice next winter depending on the results of the investigation. 

Navigation south from the junction of the Middlewich Branch will not be possible during this closure, but navigation north will not be affected.

We apologise for any inconvenience the short notice of this closure will cause.