Leeds & Liverpool Canal/Leigh Branch

Start date: July 12, 2022
End date: October 31, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Stoppages & Restrictions

Low water, Poolstock Lock & Wigan flight

Intersection of: Lock 86 to Lock 65, Top Lock on Leeds & Liverpool Canal and
Lock 1, Top Lock, Leigh Branch to Lock 2, Bottom Lock on Leigh Branch (L&L Canal)

Update on 22/07/2022:

We are pleased to advise water levels have increased and the pounds have replenished at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Restricted navigation will resume from Monday 25 July as per the following pre-arranged passage times:

  • Mondays, 10am and 2pm
  • Thursdays, 10am and 2pm

Bookings for these 3 locks can be made online, selecting passage “Wigan Poolstock”, or by calling 0303 040 4040. Please note this booking will include all 3 locks.

Update on 21/07/2022:

Please be advised navigation remains closed at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal due to low water levels as a result of the extreme weather.

Our teams are continuing to conduct water management duties and are closely monitoring the levels.

A further update will be provided Friday, 22 July. 

Update on 20/07/2022:

Please be advised navigation is currently closed at Lock 1 and Lock 2, Poolstock, on the Leigh Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal due to low water levels as a result of the extreme weather. To allow the water levels to recuperate, padlocks will be placed on the locks.

If you already have an upcoming booking, our teams may need to contact you to rearrange. Please watch out for communications from our North West team. If you would like to cancel your booking, please call the team on 0303 040 4040.

An update will be provided tomorrow, 21 July.

Update on 14/07/2022:

Please be advised due to the current low water situation on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal will we be implementing the following restrictions to Lock 86 to Lock 65, Wigan Flight and Poolstock Locks 1 & 2 on the Leigh Branch, these restrictions will allow the pounds to replenish to a navigable level and allow movement before the upcoming closure of the Leeds & Liverpool Lock flights on Monday 18 July.

Wigan Flight. Lock 86 to Lock 65, Leeds & Liverpool Canal:

  • Thursday 14 July – Closed.
  • Friday 15 July – Open 8am – Last passage 12 noon, flight closed at 4pm.
  • Saturday 16 July – Closed.
  • Sunday 17 July – Open 8am – Last passage 12 noon, flight closed at 4pm.

Poolstock Locks 1 & 2, Leigh Branch:

  • Thursday 14 July – Closed.
  • Friday 15 July – Open 10am – Last passage 3pm.
  • Saturday 16 July – Closed.
  • Sunday 17 July – Open 10am – Last passage 3pm.

From Monday, 18 July the lock flights on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal will be closed as per the following stoppage notice here.

To enable boat movements to Ribble Link, Wigan Dry Dock, Liverpool Canal Link and Salthouse Dock, we will temporarily open Poolstock Locks 1 & 2 on the Leigh Branch and Lock 86 on the Leeds & Liverpool canal 2 days a week, for pre-arranged bookings only, as follows:

  • Mondays, 10am and 2pm.
  • Thursdays, 10am and 2pm.

Bookings can be made online here.

Further updates and information for the Leeds & Liverpool Canal closure will be provided in this stoppage notice here.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (2.15pm Tuesday 12 July 2022 until further notice)

Please be advised navigation is currently closed between Lock 86 and Lock 65, Wigan Flight on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and Poolstock Locks 1 & 2 on the Leigh Branch due to low water.

An update will be provided Thursday, 14 July.