The Middlewich Branch will be open to navigation from this afternoon (Friday December 21).
The whole project team and contractors have worked hard to achieve this.
Boaters are asked not to moor in the area of the new embankment as the topsoil on the crest and verges is still fresh and needs time to consolidate. The navigation will still be subject to a restriction until mid January as some works need to be completed in the New Year. Navigation users are asked to proceed with caution and follow any instruction given from the site team.
The towpath will also be open from this afternoon (December 21). Towpath users are kindly asked to not deviate from the towpath as the topsoil on the verges either side is fresh and needs time to consolidate. Grass seeding will be carried out later in the year.
The towpath may be subject to restrictions at times during January as some of the works still need to be completed. At these times, the towpath may be closed for short durations or assistance will be given by the site team past the work areas.