Pontoon installation with priority navigation, south of Lock 86 Widewater Lock on the Grand Union Canal

Detail

From Date: 15/06/2022 00:00

To Date: 31/05/2024 23:59 inclusive

Type: Advice

Reason: 3rd Party Works

Is the towpath closed? No

Location

Closest waterway: Grand Union Canal

Description

Due to major HS2 works, the access track to the Angling Club adjacent to the offside of the canal will be closed to allow construction works to take place. To provide access, the contractor would like to install a temporary pontoon roadway over the canal.

A pontoon, 33m in length will be installed on the offside, 560m South of Lock 86 Widewater Lock of the Grand Union canal. The pontoon will be maintained by HS2s main contractor Align and will be fitted with edge marker lights.

There will be Priority Narrowing to the navigation using chicane buoys and advanced warning signage will be in place on the towpath.  Navigation will be single file for both narrowboats and wide beams and boating traffic may have to stop and give priority in equal amounts. Mooring provision is not present within the vicinity of the site and will not be provided due to the profile of the canal bed.

Customers will not need to book, and the towpath will remain open.

The pontoon and priority narrowing to the navigation are expected be in place for up to 2 years