Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Location: Wigan Flight to Barrowford Top Lock, Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Lock 85, Lock 21
Ends At: Lock 45, Top Lock
Sunday 10 October 2021 until further notice
Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure
Update on 11/10/2021:
Our teams have been working throughout the night to try and stabilise the significant leak between Bridge 109, New Barn Bridge and Bridge 110, Aspen Bridge, Rishton on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, unfortunately, during the early hours of this morning the canal bank has breached.
Dams are currently being installed onsite and our teams are organising a method of repair, including pumps to be able to pump water over the affected area to maintain a feed to the lower section of the canal.
To help conserve water in the surrounding areas, the following Lock Flights are closed:
A further update will be provided tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 12 October.
A closure to navigation and towpath is required between Bridges 109 (New Barn Bridge) and 110 (Aspen Bridge) on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Rishton, while our engineers investigate significant leakage through the bed of the canal.
Due to the volume of water loss, please be advised that water levels between Barrowford Bottom Lock (No.51) and Blackburn Top Lock (No.52) may be affected and lower than normal. We advise against unneccesary travel through this area until repairs have been completed.
An update will be issued on Monday 11 October.
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