From Date: 28/04/2020 12:00
To Date: On-going
Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Water resources
Is the towpath closed? No
Closest waterway: Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts at: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends at: Lock 25, Bingley 5 Rise Bottom Lock
Due to the recent exceptionally dry weather, the Leeds & Liverpool canal will have to remain closed to navigation from 1 June, as the majority of the network reopens after the coronavirus lockdown.
We are working closely with our water management and operations teams to review our options for arranging a small window of opportunity for customers to move their boats.
We will provide a further update on Friday, 29 May.
For more information, please see our updated FAQs.
Please continue to follow the government advice regarding coronavirus – stay alert, control the virus, save lives.
You can read more on our response to the coronavirus crisis here.
Further to the notice of 27 April, please follow this link to view the water resource FAQ.
A further update will be issued on Friday 22 May.
Please follow all guidance relating to Coronavirus when using the canals and towpaths until further notice. Up to date information on this can be found on this link: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
To facilitate essential maintenance works at Barrowford and Whitemoor reservoirs, which supply the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, water levels have been kept at a lower level than normal. This draw down along with the continued low rainfall means that we have started the boating season with less water than we need for unrestricted movement for the coming months. With forecasts for further dry weather and Coronavirus related restrictions already in place, we have taken the decision to protect water resources further by implementing closures on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Lock Flights from lunchtime on Tuesday 28 April 2020.
The following locks will be affected:
Wigan Flight (Locks 65 to 85)
Johnsons Hillocks (58 to 64)
Blackburn Locks (52 to 55) – please note that Locks 56 and 57 at the bottom of the flight will remain open to allow access / winding for the services.
Barrowford Locks (45 to 51)
Greenberfield Locks (42 to 44)
Bank Newton Locks (36 to 41)
Gargrave (Holme Bridge Lock 30)
Bingley Five Rise Locks (25 to 29)
To conserve as much water as possible while these closures are in place, all flights will be padlocked closed and the gates will be ashed up to reduce leakage. To prevent unauthorised access through vandalism, measures may be taken to make the locks inoperable.
Implementing these closures now means that we can reduce the feed to conserve water so that our canals can remain open for as long as possible for the rest of the year, albeit with some restrictions. It’s not clear how long the closure will last for but it’s likely to be throughout May and potentially beyond if there is no significant, sustained rainfall. While the closure will prevent use of the lock flights, cruising between the locks for essential purposes will remain available and the towpaths will be open for the local community to use in line with Government guidance. Please follow all guidance relating to Coronavirus when using the canals and towpaths until further notice. Up to date information on this can be found on this link: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-boating-faqs
If you have a Liverpool Canal Link or Ribble Link booking and need some advice, please contact us on 03030 404040.
An update will be issued next week along with a water resource FAQ.