Lock 4, Audlem, Shropshire Union Canal.


From Date: 04/01/2021 08:00

To Date: 05/02/2021 16:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Shropshire Union Canal

Starts at: Audlem Lock 4

Ends at: Audlem Lock 4

Upstream winding hole: Bridge 69, Adderley

Downstream winding hole: Bridge 79, Moss Hall


Install new top gates, refit bottom gates, undertake masonry repairs and general repairs to reduce water loss.

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.


16/07/2020 19:25 - PJ Dove

I agree with Brian and Ians' comments that maintaining a North South route is important for those that live and work the canals. We were planning to be in the region helping boaters this winter.
PJ The Floating Workshop

12/07/2020 12:19 - Canal & River Trust

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate everyone’s concerns and the need to keep, as much as we can, through routes open during the winter. We've tried to find the best options for the Llangollen, Shropshire Union, Middlewich Branch and Trent & Mersey Canals as a whole, and the many stakeholders who will be affected by closures in this area. This has to be balanced with working out the best programme for our construction teams, including the logistics of moving plant, equipment and materials from site to site, as well as the amount of time available (pre or post Christmas) to carry out the repairs needed at each location. Following this first phase of consultation we have made some changes to the programme, including reducing the length of the closures on the Shropshire Union and deferring two stoppages on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

19/06/2020 23:30 - Ian McCarthy HNBC

I thought we had an understanding with the Trust that they would alway attempt to maintain one of the two north south routes from the northwest to be open throughout the year.
This year you have excelled at shutting everything at the same time well done!!!!!!
Please can you move this stoppage to before Christmas.

08/06/2020 15:41 - Brian McGuigan

We operate a fuel supply boat in this area & the timing of this stoppage will have a significant effect on my business. Would it be possible to alter the dates of this stoppage to Nov - Dec ‘20 so that the Shroppie could be kept as a north to south through route whilst the T&M is closed Jan – Mar ‘21

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