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Notice Alert

Location: Peak Forest and Macclesfield Canals

 

Intersection of:

Lock 1 to Lock 16 on Peak Forest Canal

and

Lock 1 to Lock 12 on Macclesfield Canal

Tuesday 28 April 2020 12:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Water resources


 

Update on 22/05/2020:

 

Due to the recent exceptionally dry weather, the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals will have to remain closed to navigation from 1 June, as the majority of the network reopens after the coronavirus lockdown.

We are working closely with our water management and operations teams to review our options for allowing limited restricted navigation.

We will provide a further update on Friday, 29 May.

For more information, please see our updated FAQs.

Please continue to follow the government advice regarding coronavirus – stay alert, control the virus, save lives.

 

Edited by Bugsworth Tippler

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16 minutes ago, Bugsworth Tippler said:

To add insult to injury I received TWO identical letters from CRT today which were a printout of their previous announcements. What a waste of money.

 

They have been asking for some years that we update our mailing preferences online so only those who can not receive email notices get posted mail from them.

 

As it appears you can get the emails, you could save them wasting the money on you and update both your newsletter account settings and your licensing account settings.

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1 hour ago, Bugsworth Tippler said:

I'm stuck on the Upper Macc and not happy.

I was waiting for the work at Bollington to finish to come down the Marple flight, when other stoppages came up. 
 

I’d had enough hanging around and could see it (the Macc)getting shut so moved off.  
 

worse places to be stuck mind

 

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9 minutes ago, Arthur Marshall said:

Surely they could open for a few hours so those who have been stuck up there can make an orderly exit?

 

You (or more likely they!) just need to ask.  A few of us have already asked on the L&L, so our similar notice update says:

 

Due to the recent exceptionally dry weather, the Leeds & Liverpool canal will have to remain closed to navigation from 1 June, as the majority of the network reopens after the coronavirus lockdown.

We are working closely with our water management and operations teams to review our options for arranging a small window of opportunity for customers to move their boats.

We will provide a further update on Friday, 29 May.

 

We reckon that will be a week or less in June, hopefully sooner rather than later, but will have to wait and see.

 

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Worth pushing for it, I should think. They did the same sort of thing to get people through the Bollington closure.  I'm on the lower Macc so not really affected. The Macc Canal Society might give it a push if prodded.

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5 minutes ago, Arthur Marshall said:

Worth pushing for it, I should think. They did the same sort of thing to get people through the Bollington closure.  I'm on the lower Macc so not really affected. The Macc Canal Society might give it a push if prodded.

There was talk of an assisted passage earlier in the year should there be a water issue. 
So, yea push for it. 
 

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3 hours ago, TheBiscuits said:

 

They have been asking for some years that we update our mailing preferences online so only those who can not receive email notices get posted mail from them.

 

As it appears you can get the emails, you could save them wasting the money on you and update both your newsletter account settings and your licensing account settings.

Thanks for the advice. I have checked my mailing preferences and the e-mail box is clearly selected so there must be another reason. And why two identical letters?

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3 hours ago, Goliath said:

There was talk of an assisted passage earlier in the year should there be a water issue. 
So, yea push for it. 
 

Aylesbury arm lock collapse had more than 20 boats assisted out, and back in at the end of the year.

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The latest news is that there will be an emergency window of a couple of days, possibly by mid June for movement of boats and they are hoping to reopen temporarily for July and August.

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2 hours ago, jam said:

The latest news is that there will be an emergency window of a couple of days, possibly by mid June for movement of boats and they are hoping to reopen temporarily for July and August.

Do you mean they will  be open in July and August?

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1 hour ago, Bugsworth Tippler said:

Do you mean they will  be open in July and August?

The latest stoppage notice suggests a short window in the middle of June and open all of July, possibly August.

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29/05/2020 16:48

Navigation opportunities along the Peak Forest and Macclesfield canals this summer will be restricted due to the combined effect of reduced reservoir capacity and one of the driest springs on record.

Our main objective is to keep the canals open during the peak holiday months of July and August and the Trust’s operational and water management teams are working hard to conserve enough water now to make this happen.  In July, the three canals (Leeds & Liverpool, Peak Forest and Macclesfield) will be fully open to navigation but with certain restrictions, to be confirmed at a later date. This is likely to coincide with when Government lockdown guidelines change to allow boaters to stay overnight on their boats and holiday hire boats to start operating again.

To conserve water and ensure we are able to offer navigation in July, the three North West canals will not be re-opened on 1st June as coronavirus navigation restrictions are relaxed across the rest of the canal network. However, the Trust is planning to offer boaters a window of opportunity of two or three days for emergency boat movements. This window will be in the next couple of weeks (mid-June) and we’ll be confirming these dates next week.

Please be advised the FAQs will be updated early next week and we will issue an update accordingly.

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