Rochdale Canal

Start date: June 14, 2022
End date: November 7, 2022
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Stoppages & Restrictions

Summit Flight
Starts At: Lock 36
Ends At: Lock 45

Update on 27/06/2022:

Whilst the Summit water levels have recovered over the weekend period, there are several pounds below that remain empty, and navigation remains closed between Lock 36 to Lock 45 on the Rochdale canal.

Our local team will continue to monitor and manage the limited water supply to be able to replenish the remaining pounds and a further update will be provided Wednesday 29 June.

Update on 24/06/2022:

Please be advised navigation remains closed on the Summit lock flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45 on the Rochdale canal.

Whilst we have regained some water along the flight, it has not recovered enough to be navigable. The flight will remain closed over the weekend to allow our levels to further recuperate.

A further update will be provided Monday afternoon, 27 June.

Update on 23/06/2022:

Please be advised, due to further vandalism which has resulted in loss of water along the Summit Lock Flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45 on the Rochdale canal, navigation will remain closed tomorrow, Friday 24 June, to allow the water levels to recuperate. 

Our teams will continue to manage the water levels with the limited supply we have, however it could take several days to fully replenish the pounds.

A further update on progress made will be provided tomorrow afternoon.

Update on 20/06/2022:

We are pleased to advise we have normalised the water levels on the Summit Lock Flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45, on the Rochdale Canal and navigation has resumed.

To reduce the risk of further vandalism, Lock 36 to Lock 45 will be open as per the following opening times:

  • 8am till 4pm, daily

Padlocks will be placed on the above locks outside of these hours.

You can help us conserve water by:

  • Ensuring paddles are fully closed once they have passed through a lock.
  • Aiming for minimal contact when navigating through locks by ensuring gates are fully open as they pass through. Pushing gates open using a boat can damage the gate lining, increasing its leakage.

NAVIGATION CLOSURE (9am Tuesday 14 June 2022 until further notice)

Update on 16/06/2022:

Please be advised navigation remains closed on the Summit Lock Flight, Lock 36 to Lock 45, on the Rochdale Canal due to low water from vandalism experienced earlier this week.

Whilst the Summit level is recovering, we have 2 empty pounds below which we will need to replenish before navigation is possible. This will take a minimum of 2 days.

Our teams will continue to manage the limited water supply to support the rise in water levels and a further update will be provided Monday 20 June.

Please be reminded, once navigation has resumed, to reduce the risk of further vandalism, the following opening times will be applied:

  • Lock 36 to Lock 45 will be open from 8am till 4pm daily

Original message

Please be advised navigation is closed on the Summit, Lock 36 to Lock 45, on the Rochdale Canal due to repeated vandalism which has resulted in low water levels along the flight.

To allow the water levels to recuperate, navigation will remain closed, and padlocks will be placed on Lock 36 and Lock 45.

Due to the vandalism happening late at night, once navigation has resumed, we will be implementing the following opening times:

  • Lock 36 to Lock 45 will be open from 8am till 4pm daily.

The above locks will be padlocked closed outside of these hours to minimise the risk of further misuse

If you see anyone in the area misusing the locks, please call us on 0303 0404040, and select to speak with the North West Team. If you see this out of hours, please call 0800 47 999 47.

Our local team will review the levels in 2 days, and a further update will be provided on Thursday 16 June.