Bridge 24 Warwickshire Fly Boats, Long Itchington, Grand Union Canal

Detail

From Date: 27/06/2023 08:00

To Date: On-going

Type: Navigation Restriction

Reason: Structure failure

Is the towpath closed? No

Location

Closest waterway: Grand Union Canal

Starts at: Bridge 22, Bridleway

Ends at: Bridge 60, Blue Bridge

Upstream winding hole: Kingswood Junction

Downstream winding hole: Napton Junction

Description

Unfortunately movement of the towpath side waterway wall underneath this bridge has caused the canal width to reduce by 120mm, and so, for the foreseeable future,  we’re having to for the foreseeable future reduce maximum beam for navigation from the published 12’6” to 12’.

Following a detailed review of the options for repair, and thorough ground investigations and surveys, we have concluded that the benefits to customers are substantially outweighed by the costs of carrying out the works.

We have an ageing infrastructure, and we have to carefully prioritise our spend based on risk.  We will continue to monitor the bridge and particularly the narrows and, in the future, when we need to carry out any structural repairs to the bridge we will again consider widening of the narrows, and update you accordingly.  In the meantime, boats up to 12’6” can be winded at Napton Junction.