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Tracy D'arth

Got it, Its the heel post.

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Grand Union Canal
Location: Ivinghoe Lock 32 (Navigation closed between 31 and 33)
Starts At: Lock 31, Horton Lock
Ends At: Lock 33, Ivinghoe Locks

Tuesday 14 July 2020 16:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Original message:

Navigation closed to manage water levels and repairs due to bottom gate heel post failure at Lock 32

We will update this notice once we have further information

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17934/ivinghoe-lock-32-navigation-closed-between-31-and-33

You can find all notices at the url below:
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That is what I was searching for last week, the heel post on the lock gate that fits into the stone quoin.

 

So there is a epidemic of heel post failures? This is the third in a  month.

 

Cause?

Almost certainly lack of inspection for whatever reason.  It cannot be vandalism, boater carelessness,  or the weather.  I will be interested to know why it leads to a water shortage, are C&RT only installing gates on one end of locks now to save maintenance? New policy? I think there is a fundamental flaw in that idea.

TD'

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Stuck just south of the stoppage by only an hour or so ☹️

 

From my uneducated observations of the locks over the past couple of days there will be a few more failures this year.

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Grand Union Canal
Location: Ivinghoe Lock 32 (passage for narrowboats only, currently not widebeams)
Starts At: Lock 31, Horton Lock
Ends At: Lock 33, Ivinghoe Locks

Tuesday 14 July 2020 16:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Repair


 

Update on 15/07/2020:

 

We have made failed gate safe but this will only allow  navigation for narrow boats & not wide beam vessels 

We are currently unable to offer booked passage for widebeams until a temporary fix can be made.

 

Original message:

 

Navigation closed to manage water levels and repairs due to bottom gate heel post failure at Lock 32

We will update this notice once we have further information

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17934/ivinghoe-lock-32-passage-for-narrowboats-only-currently-not-widebeams

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices


  

 
 
Seems the lock is back in business for narrowboats only, hope Stationmaster is not a wide boat.
 
I am a bit concerned that the eventual repair will be protracted as the have restored passage at least for some.
 
TD'
 

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22 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

 

 

 

So there is a epidemic of heel post failures?

The heel there is (d'apres J. Wayne).

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It'll be a bodge repair like at Denham deep. 

 

Steel work to cover over the rotten parts. 

 

Hopefully this gets followed up by gate replacement but I would not tend to be holding breath about this. 

 

There are a lot of rotten gates about. I wonder if there was an epidemic of bad quality gates in the 90s and early 00s. 

 

Was this something to do with contracting out gate manufscture to someone else rather than keeping it in house ie British Waterways. 

 

They did do some Dutch ones a company called "Wijma" but I think those were mainly the K&A. 

 

GU is another thing but definitely some issues me thinks. 

 

 

Of course the fact lock gates last about 20 years could have something to do with it. 

 

And changing the collar straps to a threaded nut design rather than the slotted type with hog rings and collar keys could have an effect on heel posts. 

 

 

 

Edited by magnetman

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4 hours ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Grand Union Canal
Location: Ivinghoe Lock 32 (passage for narrowboats only, currently not widebeams)
Starts At: Lock 31, Horton Lock
Ends At: Lock 33, Ivinghoe Locks

Tuesday 14 July 2020 16:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Repair


 

Update on 15/07/2020:

 

We have made failed gate safe but this will only allow  navigation for narrow boats & not wide beam vessels 

We are currently unable to offer booked passage for widebeams until a temporary fix can be made.

 

Original message:

 

Navigation closed to manage water levels and repairs due to bottom gate heel post failure at Lock 32

We will update this notice once we have further information

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17934/ivinghoe-lock-32-passage-for-narrowboats-only-currently-not-widebeams

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices


  

 
 
 
Seems the lock is back in business for narrowboats only, hope Stationmaster is not a wide boat.
 
I am a bit concerned that the eventual repair will be protracted as the have restored passage at least for some.
 
TD'
 

Narrow, thankfully...

 

Went through about 11.30, now moored in the delights of MK, thankfully only one lock to cause me not to escape MK tomorrow!

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On 14/07/2020 at 17:15, Tracy D'arth said:

Notice Alert

Grand Union Canal
Location: Ivinghoe Lock 32 (Navigation closed between 31 and 33)
Starts At: Lock 31, Horton Lock
Ends At: Lock 33, Ivinghoe Locks

Tuesday 14 July 2020 16:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Repair

Original message:

Navigation closed to manage water levels and repairs due to bottom gate heel post failure at Lock 32

We will update this notice once we have further information

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17934/ivinghoe-lock-32-navigation-closed-between-31-and-33

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

 

 

That is what I was searching for last week, the heel post on the lock gate that fits into the stone quoin.

 

So there is a epidemic of heel post failures? This is the third in a  month.

 

Cause?

Almost certainly lack of inspection for whatever reason.  It cannot be vandalism, boater carelessness,  or the weather.  I will be interested to know why it leads to a water shortage, are C&RT only installing gates on one end of locks now to save maintenance? New policy? I think there is a fundamental flaw in that idea.

TD'

Bbbbut, if one gate works and t'other doesn't, won't that half the complaints?

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An update.

 

 

Notice Alert

Grand Union Canal
Location: Ivinghoe Lock 32 (passage for narrowboats only, currently not widebeams)
Starts At: Lock 31, Horton Lock
Ends At: Lock 33, Ivinghoe Locks

Tuesday 14 July 2020 16:45 until further notice

Type: Navigation Restriction
Reason: Repair

Update on 17/07/2020:

Our suppliers are fabricating a replacement steel heel following an engineers visit.

Navigation is restricted to wide-beams but narrowboats will be able to use the other lock gate to navigate through the lock in the meantime.

We hope to be in a position to undertake heel repair works at Lock 32 towards the end of July.

Update on 15/07/2020:

We have made failed gate safe but this will only allow  navigation for narrow boats & not wide beam vessels 

We are currently unable to offer booked passage for widebeams until a temporary fix can be made.

Original message:

Navigation closed to manage water levels and repairs due to bottom gate heel post failure at Lock 32

We will update this notice once we have further information

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17934/ivinghoe-lock-32-passage-for-narrowboats-only-currently-not-widebeams

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

Please do not reply to the email. It has been automatically generated.

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Is this line ambiguous?  ""Navigation is restricted to wide-beams but narrowboats will be able to use the other lock gate to navigate through the lock in the meantime.""?

Another heel post steel job, soon we will have all steel gates then the maintenance requirements will be reduced.

 

TD'

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25 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

BUT
Is this line ambiguous?  ""Navigation is restricted to wide-beams but narrowboats will be able to use the other lock gate to navigate through the lock in the meantime.""?

Another heel post steel job, soon we will have all steel gates then the maintenance requirements will be reduced.

 

TD'

Surely that should read  Navigation is restricted to for wide-beams

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Just now, Jerra said:

Surely that should read  Navigation is restricted to for wide-beams

Fazakerley, that's what I thought.

Or 'the navigation has a restriction for wide beams'

Or why not just fix it?  Someone is doing a lot of fabrication to make these heel post alternatives. Fabricating the language at the same time.

TD'

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And another, 71 on the GU.

Wondering what is a structural failure, vandals or boater?

Don't understand "once engines have been to site to assess the damage" remark,    engineers?

 

 

 

 

Notice Alert

Grand Union Canal
Location: Lock 71 (nr Kings Langley)
Starts At: Lock 71
Ends At: Lock 71
Up Stream Winding Hole: Lock 70
Down Stream Winding Hole: Lock 72

Saturday 18 July 2020 10:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure

Original message:

We will provide an update week commencing 20th July 2020 once engines have been to site to assess the damage.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17963/lock-71-nr-kings-langley

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TD'

 

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Seems to be confusion at lock 71 GU, its now not open to narrowboats either. Wish they would make their minds up and fix something rather than just looking and closing. If its another heel post they have a fabricated metal fix already so why close the lock?

 

Notice Alert
Grand Union Canal
Location: Lock 71 (nr Kings Langley)
Starts At: Lock 71
Ends At: Lock 71
Up Stream Winding Hole: Lock 70
Down Stream Winding Hole: Lock 72

Saturday 18 July 2020 10:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure

Update on 20/07/2020:
The lock and gate have been made safe and engineers have been to site this morning. Unfortunately a repair isn’t possible and new lock gates are required to be manufactured to enable this lock to be fully open.

Our construction teams are mobilising equipment to look to see if we can do something to at least get the lock open to narrow beam craft until the gates can be replaced. We will update this notice by Friday 24 July

Original message:
We will provide an update week commencing 20th July 2020 once engines have been to site to assess the damage.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/17963/lock-71-nr-kings-langley

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