THE Canal & River Trust is undertaking works on the Calder & Hebble Navigation this winter, as part of its wider efforts to keep the nation’s waterways flowing freely.
The navigation, which is part canal and part river, runs from Sowerby Bridge to Wakefield, connecting canals in Yorkshire and the Pennines. It is much-loved by locals and visitors alike, whether cruising the cut or walking along the towpath.
As part of the charity’s national winter works programme, teams will be carrying out a range of repairs to several locks along the navigation, including:
- Lock 13 Anchor Pit in Brighouse: repairs to the lock floor
- Lock 15 Kirklees Low Lock in Clifton: replace the lock floor timbers
- Battyeford Flood Gates: stonework repairs to the cill
- Lock 21 Double Lock Bottom near Thornhill: masonry repairs
- 1km stretch near Dewsbury: washwall repairs
- Lock 19 Greenwood near Mirfield: re-building of the wash wall
Stuart Gadsby, regional construction manager, said: “These works present various and complex challenges, so the Canal & River Trust will be drawing on a variety of skills among our staff and contractors, from specialist divers to our own highly trained craft operatives. This is also a unique opportunity for our apprentices to work on historical assets that are only drained every 25 years, giving them hands-on practical experience to bring their learning to life.
“The Calder & Hebble Navigation is a wonderful place to visit, and these maintenance works will ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come, providing a space for people to relax, enjoy the fresh air, and spot the local wildlife.”