Navigation Closure: Lock 65 to Lock 81, Rochdale Canal


From Date: 26/05/2023 11:15

To Date: 13/06/2023 10:00 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: Rochdale Canal

Starts at: Lock 65 Alfred Street

Ends at: Lock 81 Butler Street

Upstream winding hole: Just north of Bridge 76A, Roadbridge Causeway

Downstream winding hole: Dale Street, junction to the Ashton Canal


13/06/2023 10:10

We are pleased to advise the repair to the blown cill at Lock 73 on the Rochdale Canal has been successful and navigation has resumed.

09/06/2023 14:02

Works are progressing well to repair the blown cill at Lock 73 on the Rochdale Canal and our team are back onsite today pouring the remaining concrete to refit the cill and arrowhead.

The concrete will then need to cure over the weekend period, with our contractors scheduled to remove the scaffolding on Monday. Following this, and subject to a testing period, the fabric dams will be removed Tuesday morning to allow navigation to resume by Tuesday afternoon.

A further update will be provided Tuesday 13 June.

31/05/2023 14:22

Contractors will be onsite at Lock 73 on the Rochdale Canal early next week to start the site set up to repair the blown cill.

Fabric dams will be installed on Monday, with the scaffolding installed on Tuesday, following which our team will be able to commence the repairs.

Navigation remains closed between Lock 65 and Lock 81 and a further update will be provided Friday 9 June.


Please be advised navigation is currently closed between Lock 65 and Lock 81 on the Rochdale Canal due to a blown cill at Lock 73.

Our teams have been to site and investigated the issue and are now creating a method of repair. Due to the repair required, this lock could be closed for at least 2 weeks.

An update on progress made will be provided by Friday 2 June.