Aylestone Mill Lock to St Mary's Mill Lock

Detail

From Date: 22/09/2021 14:30

To Date: 24/09/2021 00:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Maintenance

Is the towpath closed? No

Intersection of

Closest waterway: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Starts at: Lock 39 Aylestone Mill Lock

Ends at: Lock 40 St Mary's Mill Lock

AND

Closest waterway: River Soar

Starts at: Lock 45 Birstall Lock

Ends at: Lock 45 Birstall Lock

Updates

22/09/2021 14:13

Divers are currently on site at St. Mary's Mill Lock fixing the new paddle frame and runners.

The navigation is now closed. There is no passage between St. Mary’s Lock to Birstall Lock.

We aim to have the navigation fully open by the end of the day on Friday and will update the website as soon as  passage is possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst essential repairs take place.

20/09/2021 12:38

We now have a timeline for the planned works at St Mary's Mill Lock.

  • On Wednesday the 22 September, the divers will fix the new paddle frame and runners at St. Mary’s Lock.

On Thursday the 23 September, the divers will be back at St. Mary’s again to tighten the nuts of the threaded bar.  The work boat will then travel from St. Mary’s Lock to Birstall Lock, which will take around 2 hours. The divers will dive at Birstall on the afternoon of the 23rd to fix the new paddle post.

On Friday, the 24 September, the divers will be back at Birstall to tighten the nuts of the threaded bar and inspect the offside paddle.

There will be no passage through these locks while this work is taking place between the 22nd and 24th September.

We aim to have the navigation fully open by the end of the day on Friday and will update the website accordingly. 

02/09/2021 16:49

Further investigations have been carried out today, we can advise that the lock will remain operable but there is still lower water level in the pound between Aylestone Mill Lock and St Mary's Mill Lock.

There is the continued issue with the towpath side ground paddle at St Mary's Mill Lock which has been damaged.

The paddle gear has been retrieved but the slider is missing and a full stoppage will be needed to fix the paddle. 

We will update the website once we have a date for this, as we will need to plan divers for this work.  

01/09/2021 13:36

We continue to have an issue with the towpath side ground paddle at St Mary's Mill Lock which has been damaged. The paddle gear has been retrieved but the slider is missing so we have been unable to replace the paddle. 

After investigations today, we can advise that the lock has remained operable but there is still lower water level in the pound between Aylestone Mill Lock and St Mary's Mill Lock.

Further investigations will be taking place tomorrow by our engineers, to assess how best to resolve this with minimum disruption.  As soon as we have more information, we will update the website. 

Description

We have an issue with the towpath side ground paddle at St Mary's Mill Lock which has been damaged. The paddle gear has been retrieved but the slider is missing so we have been unable to replace the paddle. 

The lock has remained operable but it has led to lower water level in the pound between Aylestone Mill Lock and St Mary's Mill Lock.

We have a team attending site in the morning to try to patch the ground paddle which should alleviate the loss of water and our engineers are reviewing options for repair for the lock.