New lock gates installed at West Yorkshire canal

Broad Cut Low Lock which has been drained and is currently undergoing renovation work.
Broad Cut Low Lock which has been drained and is currently undergoing renovation work.
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NEW lock gates costing £120,000 are being installed at a West Yorkshire canal.

British Waterways is replacing the 25-year-old gates at Broad Cut Low Lock on the Calder & Hebble navigation.

The old gates will be craned out and are to be replaced by new ones built from scratch at the nearby British Waterways’ Stanley Ferry Workshop.

Jon Horsfall, waterways manager for British Waterways’ north east region, said: “During this winter maintenance period, the north east region is likely to spend in the region of £4 million on vital repairs to its waterways.

“These are all essential works to keep the waterways in the best possible condition.”

Lock gates must control huge water pressures, withstand knocks from the thousands of boats which use them each year and survive for a long time underwater and at the mercy of the elements.

To be waterproof they need to be built precisely, fitting tightly to the masonry of the lock walls.

Britain has 2,200 mile network of canals and rivers.

mark.lavery@ypn.co.uk

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