Sections of canal reopen following hot spell

Sections of the the Leeds & Liverpool Canal have reopened following the heatwave Photo: Canal & River Trust Sections of the the Leeds & Liverpool Canal have reopened following the heatwave Photo: Canal & River Trust
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The Canal & River Trust says that some canal stretches and lock flights in the north of England which have been closed during the dry weather are able to reopen for boaters to use following recent rainfall.

Specifically, the Leeds & Liverpool Canal from Gargrave (below lock 30) to Newlay on the edge of Leeds (above lock 13) will be available for boaters to use within set opening times as the river-water feeds they draw have improved.

“It’s a welcome respite in what has been an exceptional and challenging summer for water supplies, and we’re pleased that boaters on these sections can get on the move once more,” said Jon Horsfall, head of customer service support at the Canal & River Trust.

Right direction

Mr Horsfall warned though that whilst this is certainly a step in the right direction, the rivers are far from a complete recovery and could be subject to closure again if exceptionally dry conditions were to return.

For now, boaters will once again be able to use locks at Bingley Five Rive and Bingley Three Rise and the eastern side of the Rochdale Canal has reopened between locks 1 and 34.

Tuel Lock flight will return to normal operation, but the canal between locks 34 and 48 will remain closed.

Water resources on the Lancaster Canal have started to recover and the Glasson flight is now available for boaters to use.

All other closures on the northern network will remain in place until the water resource position improves. More details are available from the Trust’s website.

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