Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Start date: September 29, 2021

Est. end if know: April 19, 2022

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 31, Eshton Road Lock

Starts At: Lock 32, Higherland Lock
Ends At: Lock 30, Holme Bridge Lock

Update on 08/10/2021:

Following feedback from boaters and a check by our engineers there will be a final opportunity for assisted passage on Monday 11th October 2021 between 09:30 and 16:00. After this date dams are due to be installed to allow the team to drain the lock and assess the full extent of the damage before repairs works can be designed and implemented.

Boaters requiring passage down the lock are advised to wait above Higherland Lock and those requiring passage up the lock to wait below Holme Bridge Lock.

It is anticipated that the lock will be closed for several months to accommodate repairs, our current estimate for the lock re-opening is Easter 2022, though we can update this notice once the lock is drained and the picture is clearer.

Boats moored at Gargrave & Bank Newton may be asked to move whilst we take the opportunity to conduct further repairs in the area. Boaters will be given notice if action is required.

Our engineers will carry out a final check of the lock on Monday morning before passage commence.

Update on 29/09/2021:

Following the engineers assessments yesterday, we are  offering assisted passage for 3 days only (Thursday 30th September 2021 – Saturday 2nd October 2021) between 09:30 and 16:00 daily.

This will allow boaters to pass before the lock is closed until repairs can be completed. At this stage we do not have timescales for such repairs, however updates will be provided once further information becomes available.

Staff will be constantly monitoring and assessing the lock during assisted passage, action may need to be taken to close the lock earlier than anticipated if passage becomes unsafe due to further deterioration.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (11.30am Tuesday 28 September 2021 until further notice)

There is a large depression in the towpath side quadrant and some deterioration to the masonry on the lock wall.

The lock will be closed for safety reasons and engineers are currently on site assessing the situation.

Any boats wishing to enquire about passage, please contact Customer Services on 03030 404040 and we will look into a plan to see if we can accommodate limited passage.   

We will update this notice when we have further information.