Restoration project locked in place on Calder waterways

Construction supervisor Eric Walker at the Kirklees Lock replacement near Cooper Bridge.
Construction supervisor Eric Walker at the Kirklees Lock replacement near Cooper Bridge.

A major restoration project to replace the Kirklees Low Lock on the Calder and Hebble Navigation is underway.

As part of its annual programme of restoration and repairs to historic canals and rivers across the country, the Canal & River Trust is investing around £100,000 in vital lock repairs including replacing a set of 3.2 tonne lock gates which have been operated by boaters for 27 years and some repointing as needed.

Kirklees Low Lock in Brighouse is typical of the locks along this waterway, being constructed in masonry with timber gates. It was first constructed around 250 years ago by renowned canal engineers John Smeaton and James Brindley and measures over 20 metres long and 3.5 metres deep.

The work this winter comes as part of the charities £45 million spend on essential repair and restoration works and routine maintenance to our canals and rivers. Teams of experts will be working on around 100 locks across the country, replacing 141 lock gates for the benefit of the 33,000 boats and 10 million towpath visitors that use them each year.