Floods force canal closure for a year

Floods force canal closure for a year
Photo: Ash Milnes

DAMAGE caused by recent storms has forced the closure of a section of the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal.

The Figure of Three locks near Dewsbury will be shut for a year and is expected to cost more than £2m to repair.

Floodwater surged from the adjacent River Calder and severely damaged the lock system and banking, close to Hostingley Lane, between Thornhill and Horbury Bridge.

Sean McGinley, Yorkshire director of the Canal and River Trust, said that the Yorkshire section of the charity’s 2,000-mile network had been been hit the hardest by Storms Ciara and Dennis in February.

He said it was “heartbreaking’’ to see West Yorkshire so badly affected by floodwater so soon after the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

“Rochdale Canal and the Calder and Hebble Navigation are the most affected waterways in the region,’’ said Mr McGinley.

“While our initial estimates indicate that Figure of Three Locks will be closed for 12 months and repairs will cost in excess of £2m, these figures will be refined in the coming weeks with the assistance of our engineers and contractors.’’

Boaters can still use the rest of the canal but there is no way of getting through the Figure of Three locks.

The 21-mile Calder and Hebble is part-canal and part-river. 

It has 28 locks in total and connects the Yorkshire and Pennine canals.

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