Locks 49 and 51, Barrowford, Leeds & Liverpool Canal


From Date: 05/01/2021 08:00

To Date: 05/03/2021 16:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Starts at: Lock 51, Bottom Lock

Ends at: Lock 45, Top Lock

Upstream winding hole: By Bridge 145

Downstream winding hole: Below Bridge 141D


01/03/2021 13:02

Whilst undertaking the planned works on the bottom end gates at Lock 49, our operations team identified additional repairs to be carried out on the top gates which will reduce leakage.

The stoppage will be extended until Friday 5th March to enable these works to be completed whilst the navigation is de-watered.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

01/02/2021 11:25

Unfortunately the operations team working on Lock 49 has had to isolate due to Covid-19 and work on site has been put on hold.  This means we need to extend the stoppage by two weeks, until 26th February, to enable them to return to work and complete the repairs needed.

Thank you for your patience.

21/12/2020 13:11

Please be aware we will now need an additional week to complete our stoppage works at Barrowford. This is to enable our construction and operations teams to move plant and materials by boat between the two locks safely and effectively, prior to and after the works.

Please note the new end date of 12th February 2021 and accept our apologies for any inconvenience this change may cause.


A stoppage is required to carry out repairs as follows:

Lock 49: Repairs to the bottom end mitre cill and rubbing strips. 

Lock 51: Installation of new top and bottom gates and improvements to the lock ladder.

01/06/2020:  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.