Friday, June 24, 2011

Navigation Notes: Friday 24 June 2011 — K&A Canal closed in two places

Problems persist on the the K&A Canal with through-navigation not possible at all at the moment 

British Waterways staff are working on problems on a lock gate on the Crofton Flight (59) so locks 55-60 are closed until further notice and Padworth Swing Bridge (27), which had been open twice a day operated by BW staff, has now failed completely. It is now completely out of action and until it has been repaired through passage will not be possible.

Water levels on the summit level between Cadley Lock (54) and Crofton Top Lock (55) are still extremely low with restricted opening times at these two locks. They are open between 10am and 3pm.  Water levels  are still very low on the Long Pound between Kennet lock (50) in Devizes and Wootton Rivers Lock (51).

Stoppages and delays on the K&A
Until further notice: River Avon, Bath navigate with care between Victoria Suspension Bridge (201) and Sainsbury's Bridge (200) where work on the Bath Western Riverside development is being done.  There are instruction signs on the bank.
Until further notice: because of extremely low water levels on the summit between Cadley Lock (54) and Crofton Top Lock (55) these locks will be opened at 10am and closed at 3pm.  Share locks whenever possible
Until further notice: Because of the problem at Lock 59 British Waterways have now closed from Crofton Top Lock (55)  to lock 60 (above the waterpoint and winding hole at Crofton Pumping Station).
Until further notice: The canal is closed at Padworth Swing Bridge (27) until it has been repaired.
Until further notice: Work continues on Aldermaston Lock to repair brickwork, gates and fenders. There could be some slight delays because of the work on the lock.
Until Monday 27 June 2011: Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading — navigate with care. Cleaning work is being done on the riverside walkway and bridges are being painted.
Be aware:
On The Long Pound Kennet Lock Devizes (50) to Wootton Rivers Lock (51) the water level is 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 still navigable — but slowly.
Crofton Flight (lock 60): One of the ground paddles is out of action — as it has been for a considerable time.
Great Bedwyn Church Lock (64): One of the ground paddles is still out of action - as it has been for 3 years.
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.

Rubbish disposal
There are no longer a waste disposal bins near the sanitary station at Hungerford. 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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