Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Start date: June 18, 2022
End date: July 5, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 182A, Bradley Swing Bridge
Ends At: Bridge 183, Hamblethorpe Swing Bridge
Up Stream Winding Hole: LL-155-005 downstream of Stirton Aqueduct
Down Stream Winding Hole: LL-163-004 upstream of Farnhill Bridge

Update on 27/06/2022:

Our Engineers have designed a temporary repair for Bradley Aqueduct and works are planned to commence on Monday 27th June. At this stage they estimate that the works will take around 2 weeks. Once the temporary repair is complete, the canal we be re-opened with the following restrictions in in place

  • A reduced depth, restricting vessel draught to and estimated 0.6m.
  • Single file passage through the affected area.
  • A requirement to travel at a ‘dead slow’ speed.
  • A temporary landing will be in use for the operation of Bradley swingbridge.

It is our intention to return to site in November this year to undertake a permanent repair to the aqueduct.

The reopening of the canal following the completion of the temporary repair is dependent upon sufficient water entering the canal from the main feeder channel on this section, Eshton Beck. Whilst sufficient inflows are being received at present it should be noted that we are experiencing a significant and prolonged dry spell of weather and levels within Eshton Beck are lowering.

A further update, with a confirmed date for re-opening of the canal, will be provided by Friday 1st July

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (1.45pm Friday 17 June 2022 until further notice)

A culvert carrying ‘Middle Beck’ beneath the canal at Bradley has failed, leaving a 2m hole in the top of the culvert.

Contractors will be on site on Saturday 18th June 2022 to install portable dams to isolate the culvert for detailed inspection and repair. An over-pumping arrangement will also be established to maintain downstream water levels.

Whilst these investigations and repairs take place the canal will be closed between Bradley Swingbridge (upstream) and Hamblethorpe Swingbridge (downstream).

Further update, and an estimated repair period, will be provided once investigations are completed. We expect this to be Monday 20th June 2022.