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9 minutes ago, canal cyclist said:

Site cabins set up, a few vans and security on site, also new road laid across farmers field it all takes time to organise the workforce and equipment

I do wonder if anybody has compared the cost of this approach to bringing everything in by canal. Its now easy to erect a damn anywhere so for smaller repairs (like this one) maybe a few mini-diggers could come in by water, build their own earth ramp next to the damn and drive off. I suspect CaRT no longer has enough canal experience to think about this and their contractors are now mostly road builders.

 

................Dave

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On the reports of the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, I noted that Keir appeared to be one of the contractors. I hope canal heritage does not suffer in a similar fashion to Mackintosh's masterpiece. See comment about this https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/construction-firm-kier-defends-fire-safety-plan-at-glasgow-school-of-art-5fv3t88t9 or https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2830906/glasgow-school-of-art-fire-kier-prove-safe-burrell-collection/

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Update on 27/06/2018:

 

Further to the update of 20 June 2018, the access track has been laid and work to install the first dam is complete.  The team will continue to work through the weekend to install the second dam.

We hope to commence feeding water into the area by over pumping within the next few days.  We have also agreed an abstraction from the River Alt.  Unfortunately, low water levels and persistent warm temperatures in the river have prevented us from taking any water so far.  We are monitoring the water levels and will keep you updated as to when boat movement can resume on the Liverpool side of the stoppage.  It will take time for the water levels in the Liverpool section to recover.

Our teams will commence with works to remove the damaged culvert next week.  The current programme of works will aim to have the culvert replacement complete and the area re-watered by the third week of August. 

If you have a Liverpool Canal Link booking and need some advice, please contact us on 03030 404040.

An update will be issued on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

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On 22/06/2018 at 20:13, Rob99fla said:

Just to add to this post. We are one of the boats marooned in Salthouse Dock, Liverpool. Two weeks and counting. Not getting bored as spending time watching my anodes fizz. It’s actually very nice here. Plenty to do and see in a great city and moored on a secure mooring with facilities. However, we have organised an escape committee as we don’t want to stay for the winter! To be fair C&RT are being very helpful. Please don’t mention the logo ha ha!

We have crossed the Mersey late Friday afternoon in a convoy of 5 boats. Now on the Shropshire! 

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Being from Liverpool we had a look at the boats trapped in the Royal Albert Dock every seemed happy, how long was your crossing and what extra precautions did you have to take?

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4 minutes ago, Dave 2 said:

Being from Liverpool we had a look at the boats trapped in the Royal Albert Dock every seemed happy, how long was your crossing and what extra precautions did you have to take?

We had a great time in Salthouse Dock, being there for 4 weeks but were ready to leave in the end. We had an experienced commercial operator in a launch type boat to lead us across from Brunswick lock to Eastham lock. Boats were all safety certified, for the Manchester ship canal really but useful. We had to block off low skin fittings, that’s all. Life jackets of course. The crossing was fine but we had to wait outside Eastham lock for 1.5 hours with the wind picking up. A bit scary but we’re all fine. Five more went across safely yesterday too. Really glad we’ve done it as not many can say that on a narrowboat! Glad to be travelling again. Bye the way, the Manchester ship canal was easy. Just like a river really. Followed the oil tanker guided by two tugs, back and front, down the canal. It was 119 metres long!

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Just had another phonecall from CRT, our Liverpool booking for 15th August cancelled, it won’t be navigable by then apparently. At least the end of August she said. So much for 6 weeks!

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13 minutes ago, nicknorman said:

Just had another phonecall from CRT, our Liverpool booking for 15th August cancelled, it won’t be navigable by then apparently. At least the end of August she said. So much for 6 weeks!

Just phoned me too. Ours was 12th for a week. 

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Phone call from CRT .... Booking for August 30th Cancelled. They said they were cancelling all August bookings.

 

The system shows the next available slot as 5th September. Place your bets on that happening!

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1 hour ago, Pie Eater said:

Update from CaRT today (27.07.18)

 

80 per cent of the pipework has now been completed.

It’s a pity about the remaining 20%, that is going to leak a lot of water.

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Now open.

 

In the last update the said it would open at 11.00 on 24th.  At 11.05 this notice arrived:

 

Notice Update: 24th August 18

Navigation: Open, Towpath: Open

Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Starts At: Bridge 10, Holmes Swing Bridge
Ends At: Stanley Dock Top Lock


Update on 24/08/2018:

The navigation and towpath at Melling on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is now open. With the canal having been unused for a long time there has been some weed growth in the canal channel that may affect cruising. We have staff and equipment working on this today and over the weekend.

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