Bridge 24 Warwickshire Fly Boats, Long Itchington, Grand Union Canal
From Date: 27/06/2023 08:00
To Date: On-going
Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Structure failure
Is the towpath closed? No
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
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.