The damaged gate at Lock 24 lying at an angle following the boat damage.

Gate collision causes K&A closure

A COLLISION with one of the gates at Lock 24 on the Kennet & Avon Canal led to a recent stoppage, writes Kevin Thomas.

The damaged gate at Lock 24 lying at an angle following the boat damage.
The damaged gate at Lock 24 lying at an angle following the boat damage.

The lock, west of the Caen Hill Flight and a short distance from Rowde Bridge, was badly damaged on the upper (ground paddle) side.

It is understood that a narrowboat without a bow fender had collided with the gate which had been partially lifted free of its hinges and pushed aside.

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It happened during a busy weekend and a number of boats on both sides of the Caen Hill Flight had to put their cruise plans on hold.

A floating crane had to be brought in during the following week so that repairs could take place.

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