Hempole Lane Bridge, Toll End, Walsall Canal


From Date: 02/11/2020 08:00

To Date: 25/11/2020 16:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: 3rd Party Works

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Walsall Canal

Starts at: Hempole Lane Bridge

Ends at: Hempole Lane Bridge

Upstream winding hole: Ockerhill Junction

Downstream winding hole: Old Wednesbury Canal Junction


19/11/2020 16:57

We have been informed by Midland Metro that they will be unable to complete the installation of their new bridge deck, following delays with its fabrication due to Covid restrictions.  As a result, the navigation will re-open earlier than originally planned, on Wednesday 25th November. 

However, please note the towpath will remain closed until 6th December while brickwork repairs continue.   

Installation of the bridge deck will be postponed until a later date.  Further information will be posted when more details are available.


As part of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension, Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) has requested a closure to carry out repairs to the bridge to make it ready to take the new metro line.

04/05/2020:  The information above is a draft notice of works planned as part of our winter 2020/21 stoppages programme.  This is subject to change depending on the latest advice from the UK government on coronavirus.  Please follow our guidance relating to coronavirus when using the canals and towpaths https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus.