Three-tonne lock gates replaced in canal after 30 years

The lock gate is removed from the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted
The lock gate is removed from the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted
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Two locks gates – each weighing approximately three tonnes each – have been craned out and replaced from the Grand Union Canal near Berkhamsted.

The work is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for and maintains the region’s waterways and is making repairs to the historic 200-year-old structure.

A beam is removed from the canal in Berkhamsted

A beam is removed from the canal in Berkhamsted

Each lock gate is made of hand crafted oak and made-to-measure to ensure it fits snugly in the lock. Once they’re lifted into place the construction team fit the gates to ensure they are water tight when closed.

The works are part of £43million that the Trust is spending across the country to carry out much needed repairs to the canal network.

Charlotte Wood, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “The locks on the Grand Union Canal in this area are used many times every day and do get a lot of wear from passing boats.

“The gates at lock 54 in Berkhamsted had been in place for about 30 years and, over time, will have been used thousands of times by boaters as they navigate along the waterways.”