I wonder if they will bring forward the planned winter works and do it all together
I suppose its possible but resources are probably allocated elsewhere and therefore would need some major shuffling of plant and manpower. If they were to bring it forward, the ring would still be severed January to March with the planned stoppages at Bosley.
With the amount of work required at lock 15 it probably would make more sense to carry out the work asap,subject to survey and finance.
We wanted to update you on the latest progress on site at Marple and to advise you that unfortunately, the Marple Lock Flight will not be open in time for Easter. We know this will be disappointing to hear but wanted to let you know as soon as we were clear about the delay. We are now aiming reopen the Marple Lock Flight in time for the May Day Bank Holiday (4th May). At Lock 15 we’ve suffered issues while removing the stone from the towpath side lock chamber wall during the dismantling phase. Some of the stonework has started splitting and crumbling in parts and unfortunately, we will not be able to reuse it as we had expected. Working with our heritage advisor we’ve managed to source new replacement stone from a local quarry, but the need to have new stones cut and delivered has introduced the delay to reopening the navigation. The rest of the works are progressing to plan. We’re currently excavating down to a depth of 7 metres behind the Lock wall and in the next few weeks we will be installing the reinforcement steel cages and concreting behind the Lock wall ready for the rebuild. The other maintenance works on the flight are progressing well too with new lock gates being fitted at Locks 1 and 13, a total of 10 locks have been grouted, large wash wall repairs between Lock 8 & Lock 9, Lock quadrant walls rebuilt and Lock slope towpaths upgraded. Our volunteers are also doing a great job removing vegetation, installing new paddle gearing to the locks and fixing some of the towpath where it is in bad condition. The new railings to Marple Aqueduct is on schedule. We are currently carrying out the ground works on site for the new railings to be installed w/c 27th February. We will provide a further update in the then next few weeks, but in the meantime wanted to assure you that we were doing all we can to reopen the flight as quickly as possible.
According to the latest missive from C&RT, the Marple flight (Lock 15) will reopen at 5pm on the 25th May. They are fitting the gates next weekend clearing the construction detritus from the chamber and pound. There will still be ground works to be completed over the coming weeks and boaters are asked to follow the directions of staff during working hours.
I understand the flight is now closed again. Lock 11 has moved another inch in the last 24 hours.
After all the inspections and maintenance of the flight during the lock 15 repairs, how did they miss this?
Because the bunch of clowns now responsible for running and maintaining our inland waterways are, in all probability, the most useless and incompetent organization ever to be entrusted with such a task, . . anywhere in the world.
C&RT's one and only success since coming into being in 2012 has been to give a whole new meaning to the phrase 'not fit for purpose'.