Leek Branch stoppage extended

We have been advised by British Waterways that the stoppage on the Leek Branch has been extended and the canal is now closed after Bridge 6 on the Branch

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On 26th April 2010 BW and their Contractor May Gurney are to extend the length of current stoppage to undertake essential repair works to the navigation channel on Hollinhay Embankment.

The embankment is showing signs of erosion and will be patch repaired with a new clay lining and covered with an erosion control material to ensure the canal remains watertight and to reduce the risk of future leakages.

For safety reasons the canal towpath along this length will also be closed whilst repair works are carried out. A signed diversion route will be available for pedestrians and BW will endeavour to open the towpath at weekends if safe to do so.

Boaters are advised to wind at Bridge 6. Towpath users are advised to adhere to the local signage for the diversion route.

British Waterways apologise for the short notice of this stoppage. In view of the continued dry weather the work has been brought forward to help ensure that the feed from Rudyard Reservoir is re-established as soon as possible; to assist with water supply for the summit pound on the Caldon Canal.