River Soar

Start date: July 21, 2021

Est. end if know: August 7, 2021

Stoppages & Restrictions

Lock 43 – Limekiln Lock

Update on 04/08/2021:

The ground paddle at Limekiln lock has now been fixed, and the navigation can be opened. Further dredging works may be required, but we will update the website if any further closures are needed.

Update on 30/07/2021:

This is now a full stoppage, and the lock is closed.  We plan to have it working by the 6th August, please refer to our more recent notice for more details.

Update on 29/06/2021:

Our local team have been on site all day, to try and carry out temporary repairs.

The issue with the lock is that the runners are broken, which is causing the paddle to swing off set of the chamber filling the lock.

Consequently, we only have one ground paddle operative at the moment as the local team were unable to get down far enough to fit new runners.

This will now be escalated to our maintenance team, as it will need their skill set and equipment to complete these required repairs.

Please proceed with care and we will update the website when we have more information.

Update on 28/07/2021:

Dredging works are required at Lime Kiln Lock, in connection to the works taking place to repair the ground paddle.

This unfortunately means that the closure of this lock has been slightly extended until the 6th August.

Update on 27/07/2021:

We have been made aware that some boaters have approached Lime kiln lock despite it’s closure. Some have been allowed through by the dredging contractors to avoid any confrontation, however each passage delays the works significantly.

In addition to this we are aware that members of the public have been seen operating the locks during the closure period. It must be stressed that the locks are closed on safety grounds and should not be operated by the public.

Lime Kiln lock remains closed until the required repairs can be carried out. Please do not approach the locks and attempt passage. The unauthorised use of the lock yesterday evening led to a significant loss of water in the pound and has delayed the dredging operation by half a day.

Update on 26/07/2021:

Issues with the towpath ground paddle, mean the lock is not equalising as it should and the gates are inoperable.

A stoppage is required to repair the paddle but we are experiencing delays with starting this work because of the need for dredging at this site.  We also need to gather more information, on the extent of the work, for our Divers to be able to carry out the required repairs quickly and safely, causing minimum disruption.

We aim to have this work completed by the 4th August.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (8.45pm Tuesday 20 July until 5pm Tuesday 27 July 2021)

Issues with the towpath ground paddle, mean the lock is not equalising as it should and the gates are inoperable. A stoppage is required to repair the paddle frame and our team will endeavour to do this as quickly as possible.

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