Lock gates replaced on Berkhamsted Canal

By | February 21, 2018

The Grand Union Canal at Berkhamsted

The Canal & River Trust have started repairs to Lock 55 along the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted to stop the three tonne gates from leaking.

Located on the canal outside the Rising Sun pub, the gates have become worn, mainly from the hundreds of boats passing through the lock each year. Their team will be installing new liners along the edges of the gates.

These new liners will create a watertight seal when the gates close helping to save water.

The works are part of £38million the organisation are spending across the country to carry out much needed repairs to keep the nation’s canals open for the thousands of visitors who boat, walk and cycle along the waterways each year.

Charlotte Wood, Canal & River Trust construction manager, said: “The Grand Union Canal in this area is a really popular spot for people wanting to enjoy the waterways and escape the hustle and bustle.

“During the summer months, the locks are used many times every day and do get a lot of use from passing boats. The gates at here at Berkhamsted had worn in places but this repair should ensure the gates last for many more years still and, with the new seals, should be water tight.”