Kennet & Avon Canal

Start date: October 23, 2021
End date: December 24, 2021
Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Lock 103, Burghfield Lock
Ends At: Lock 102, Garston Lock

Update on 30/11/2021:

Further to the notice below, the works continue to run to schedule.

The causeway across the river has now been built and the team continue to work seven days a week to pile the breach in order to stem the flow of water.

Update on 23/11/2021:

Please be advised that we are continuing to work seven days a week in order to repair the breach at Burghfield Weir.

Works are currently running to programme, the construction of the access track has been completed today, and the construction of the causeway to the breach will begin tomorrow.

It is estimated that 450 tonnes of material will be required for this phase of the project and this will take a further five days to install.

Once the causeway has been completed works will move on to repairing the breach and restoring water levels.

All agencies are working together to complete the works before Christmas.

Update on 17/11/2021:

Further to the notice below, please be advised that we are continuing to work seven days a week in order to repair the breach at Burghfield Weir.

Works are continuing on target to be complete by 24th November which will allow heavy machinery to access the weir.

Once access is complete a causeway will be built across the river to reach the breach.

All agencies are working together to complete the works before Christmas.

We will be publishing photos of the works as they progress to our twitter feed via the below link.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2.15pm Wednesday 10 November 2021 until further notice)

Update on 10/11/2021:

Please be advised that we are continuing to work seven days a week in order to build the access for machinery to get to the breach site.  

In excess of 100 tonnes of material is being delivered to site every day to facilitate this.

All agencies are working together to complete the works before Christmas, with water levels starting to be restored by the end of November.

We will be publishing photos of the works as they progress to our twitter feed via the below link.

Update on 04/11/2021:

Please be advised that our contractors are now on site working to repair the breach at Burghfield Weir.

We will be working 7 days a week in order to restore water levels and open up navigation.

The Environment Agency have installed pumps into Holly Brook ready to provide a flow of water into the brook if water levels subside, and are closely monitoring the situation.

We will be publishing photos of the work as they progress to our twitter feed via the below link.

Please contact us on enquiries.walessouthwest@canalrivertrust.org.uk  if you would like to discuss this information with a member of our Customer Service Team.

Update on 28/10/2021:

Please be advised that we are currently mobilising craft and equipment in order to facilitate a temporary repair to Burghfield Weir. Our contractors have estimated that works will begin on site late next week to restore water levels.

We are planning on bring a low draft barge with excavator to backfill the breach with clay in order to restore water levels and open navigation as soon as these have recovered.

We have received calls regarding dropping water levels in Holly Brook, we are working closely with the Environment Agency on this to monitor the situation on this and take action if needed.

Update on 26/10/2021:

Further to the notice below, please be advised that our contractors attended site over the weekend to assess the extent of the damage and to attempt to stem the flow of water through the breach.

Our engineers are currently assessing the viability of all options and designing a repair in order to get the navigation open as soon as possible, but at this moment we do not have a firm timescale for this.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (4.30pm Friday 22 October 2021 until further notice)

Please be advised that we have had a bank failure above the Lock at Burghfield. The water is running back into the river around the side of the weir. As a result of this the navigation has been closed. Lock 102, and Lock 103 have been secured. 

Our engineers have been mobilised to assess the situation and impact to navigation.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, we will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum.

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