Work under way to refurbish Wadenhoe Lock

Beneath the surface: Wadenhoe Lock was drained to allow essential work to take place, leaving us with this striking and not-often-seen view. PHOTO SUPPLIED

WADENHOE Lock, one of the busiest on the River Nene, is getting a complete overhaul as part of the Environment Agency’s £1.4 million investment into Anglian Waterways.

Work includes repairs to the structure, replacement of its mechanism, and a thorough paint job.  This will ensure the lock remains in good, safe working order for years to come.

The first phase of the work required the lock to be drained of water, so that the parts usually beneath the surface could be fully inspected and repaired.  That took place in November.

The lock is scheduled to close again between January 3 and February 12 for work to continue.  These dates are subject to change.

Boaters can sign up for email updates about closures by visiting and searching for ‘Anglian Waterways river closures’, or calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 and asking for Anglian Waterways.

Andy Bennison, Anglian Waterways assets senior specialist at the Environment Agency, said: “Our precious waterways are an important part of our nation’s rich heritage and beauty.  They are a national treasure, valued for their contribution to our environment, our health and wellbeing, and our economy.  We’re proud to play a part in caring for them, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

“Maintaining them to a good, safe working standard is our number-one priority.  We invest money very carefully to ensure the best value for every pound we spend.  This means our waterways will continue to offer outstanding value to the many, many people who enjoy them every year.”

The refurbishment to Wadenhoe Lock is part of the Environment Agency’s £1.4m investment into Anglian Waterways.  The annual Capital Investment Programme sets out the repairs and upgrades being made across the 353-mile navigable network.

Wadenhoe Lock, which bypasses a Grade II listed watermill with medieval origins, is located in one of the most picturesque areas of the River Nene.  Its electrically-operated guillotine gates give access to around 7000 boaters every year.

The Environment Agency looks after the lock, along with more than 353 miles of navigable waterways in the Anglian region, as well as a vast network of associated facilities such as bridges, locks, moorings and toilets.  The agency’s work enables thousands of boaters and more than a million other visitors to enjoy these waterways every year.

For more information about Anglian Waterways and other elements of its Capital Investment Programme, visit