Friday, June 03, 2011

K&A Canal navigation notes: Friday 3 June 2011

Delays and stoppages on the K&A
Today (Friday 3 June 2011): Bath Flight: delays of possibly up to an hour while scaffolding is removed from cast iron footbridges on locks.
Monday 6 June 2011: Honeystreet Bridge (124) — possible short delays as work is done on overhead power cables.
Monday 13 June until Monday 27 June 2011: Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading — navigate with care. Cleaning work on the riverside walkway and bridges being painted.
Aldermaston Bridge
Monday 13 June 2011 until Thursday 16 June 2011 Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) closed for repair.
Monday 20 June 2011 until Thursday 23 June 2011  Aldermaston Lift Bridge (28) closed for repair.

Water levels
No serious water level problems have been reported except on the Long Pound between Devizes and Wootton Rivers which is still very low and boaters at Pewsey and Honeystreet are reporting that they are unable to get their boats off their moorings because they are stuck firmly on the bottom — however the 14 mile pound is navigable — slowly.

Lock closures & problems
The are no lock closures at the moment but boaters should be aware of problems at:
County Lock
Reading County Lock (106): The floating pontoon at the entrance to County Lock is in a very unsafe state — BW have taken steps to prevent its use. Do not attempt to use it.
Great Bedwyn Church Lock (64): One of the ground paddles is still out of action - as it has been for 3 years.
Crofton Flight (lock 60): One of the ground paddles is out of action — as it has been for a considerable time.

Crofton waterpoint which was out of action because of contamination is back in action.

Rubbish disposal
There is no longer a waste disposal bin near the sanitary station at Hungerford  because of access problems for the Biffa 'one man' waste carts. The nearest rubbish disposal bins to Hungerford are at Kintbury and Great Bedwyn Wharf.
To report fly-tipping and any other problems with the waste disposal sites contact BW in Devizes: 01380 722859 or by email to:

Pump outs
There are no reported problems with the BW pump outs on the canal.
Cards for BW pump-outs can be bought for £10 each from:
 • Aldermaston Wharf Canal Centre
 • Frouds Bridge Marina
 • Bev & Geoff's Pitstop, Newbury
 • The Dundas Arms Hotel, Kintbury
 • Tutti Pole Tea Room, Hungerford 
 • Great Bedwyn Post Office
 • The Waterfront, Pewsey Wharf
 • The Canal Centre, Devizes Wharf
 • The Caen Hill Café, Devizes
 • Foxhanger Canal Holidays, Devizes 
 • The Boatyard, Trowbridge
 • ABC Leisure Group, Trowbridge
 • Sally Boats, Bradford On Avon
 • The Bath and Dundas Canal Co., Somerset Coal Canal
 • Bath Narrowboats
For contact details for these businesses go to: where they are listed under canal services.

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