Opportunity to see canal work in lock revamp

CANAL enthusiasts will have the chance to look behind the scenes as a national £50milllion makeover of vital locks, bridges and aqueducts takes place.

Members of the public are invited to see repairs of Marsworth lock flight on Friday and Saturday.

The flight – a popular boating route on the way from London to the Midlands – includes seven locks and climbs 42 feet to the summit of Tring.

Vince Moran, operations director for British Waterways, the company which takes care of the canal, said it gives the public a much greater role in looking after an important part of the nation’s heritage.

He said: “I hope opening up some of our lock gate replacements and other repairs will give people a chance to see the scale of the work we do to ensure that the waterways are preserved for today’s users and future generations, as well as gain an appreciation for the magnificent industrial heritage in our care.”

Meet at Startops End Reservoir Car Park in Tring at 10am. To book, email press.office@britishwaterways.co.uk or call 020 7985 7276.