Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Start date: September 29, 2021
End date: May 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 31, Eshton Road Lock

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

Update on 03/03/2022:

Following unprecedented rain levels in North Yorkshire during Storm Eunice over the weekend of 19/20 February 2022, floodwater came over the upper dam and flowed through the working area partially washing away the newly completed temporary working platform located in the lock. This has unfortunately had an impact on the work programme and caused delays due to the work platform requiring rebuilding. The provisional revised date for the canal to reopen is 09 May 2022. Contractors are doing an excellent job and working extremely hard to re-open the canal as soon as possible.

Update on 23/12/2021:

Please note that to ensure safety of the public and our contractors during the repair works, the towpath will be closed between Bridge 170, Higherland Bridge and Bridge 171, Eshton Road Bridge from the 4th January 2022 for approximately 16 weeks.

A diversion route will be in place and signs placed on site at the points of closure. 

Update on 15/12/2021:

Engineers carried out a laser survey of the lock in November to determine the extent of damage to the towpath side wall and have commenced design for rebuilding the wall. In December the lock will be dewatered to allow detailed intrusive investigation to take place and ground investigation boreholes drilled to inform the final design. Temporary propping will be installed in the lock to stabilise the wall and prevent its collapse until repair work starts. Work will start in January to carefully take down the wall and lower the ground. As the lock is Grade II Listed, we are working closely with Craven District Council regarding this work. Rebuilding the wall will take several months to complete and our current estimate is that the lock will reopen for Easter 2022. 

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.