Locks 34 to 39, Leicester Line


From Date: 21/09/2016 00:00

To Date: 21/09/2016 23:59 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Repair

Is the towpath closed? Yes


Closest waterway: Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Starts at: Lock 34 Dunns Lock

Ends at: Lock 39 Aylestone Mill Lock

Upstream winding hole: Between bridges 87 & 88

Downstream winding hole: Basin Arm between Locks 42 & 43


21/09/2016 09:30

In order to accommodate repairs to the gates at Bishop Meadow Lock into our winter works programme it has been necessary to alter the dates of other works.

Originally we had planned to close the Grand Union at Lock 34 (Dunns Lock) and Lock 39 (Aylestone Mill Lock) in one stoppage running from the 7th November to the 21st December.

The Construction team are now planning to split this stoppage into two parts to allow works to Lock 54 (Bishop Meadow Lock) to take place in-between.  After discussions with a number of boating groups and hire operators, we feel the best option is to carry out works to the three locks consecutively, thereby ensuring that boats in this area always have one direction to go (either north or south).

This will mean closing Dunns Lock 4 weeks earlier than planned and as such the dates of the three stoppages are now as follows:

Lock 34 - Dunns Lock - closed from 10th October to the 30th October

Lock 54 – Bishop Meadow Lock – closed from 31st October to the 6th November

Lock 39 – Aylestone Mill Lock – closed from 7th November to the 16th December

We appreciate that such a late change to our programme will affect the plans of those wishing to use this navigation in this period, but we feel the condition of Bishop Meadow Lock warrants attention this winter.


Lock 34:  Bottom gate leakage repairs, brickwork repairs within the chamber.

Lock 35: Bottom gate leakage repairs, brickwork and pointing within the chamber, fender and landing repairs.

Lock 39: Top and bottom gate leakage and timber repairs