Birstall Lock


From Date: 15/12/2016 00:00

To Date: 22/03/2017 23:45 inclusive

Type: Navigation Closure

Reason: Maintenance

Is the towpath closed? No


Closest waterway: River Soar

Starts at: Lock 45 Birstall Lock

Ends at: Lock 45 Birstall Lock


22/03/2017 10:19

We have been able to complete the works at Birstall Lock ahead of the planned schedule and the lock is now open.

We estimate that further, more extensive works will be required to the lock floor and lock gates in approximately five years, which will be planned in accordingly.

13/03/2017 16:07

Due to flooding caused by the heavy rainfall and the voids being bigger than predicted, more grouting work is required meaning the works are now expected to finish on 27/03/2017 at 08:00.

03/03/2017 16:36

As part of works to repair Birstall Lock, we have identified a void under the lock floor.

In order to carry out works to grout this void, additional time will be required and so we need to extend the closure of the lock up to the 17th March.

26/01/2017 11:58

Works to fix the fault with the bottom offside gate, are planned to start on the 20th February.

We aim to have the works completed by the 6th March.


Due to a fault with the bottom offside gate, we have secured the gate in its closed position.

This is a temporary measure to keep the lock operational until the gate can be fully repaired.

As a result passage through the lock is restricted to a maximum craft width of 7’ 8”

Please enter or exit the lock using the towpath side bottom gate only.