As part of its annual winter maintenance programme, British Waterways Yorkshire will be undertaking essential improvement works to Forge Locks on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
The three rise lock flight between Kirkstall and Newlay will have new lock gates fitted, which were made at the British Waterways’ Stanley Ferry Workshop in Wakefield, as well as repair work to the floor of the lower lock chamber and replacement of the cills and quoins.
British Waterways staff will be fitting all gates and flooring and a sub contractor will be used for lifting in the new gates and removing the old gates which will have been operational for over 25 years. The old lock gates will be transported on a barge down to Rodley to the wharf where they will be unloaded, recycled and reused for other projects. The return journey will bring the new lock gates back to be installed.
Picture from Waterscape