Once again the Caen Hill flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire is closed. A pair of gates have been damaged, this time irreparably. by a boat. The section of the flight from Lock 22 and 24 will be closed for up to two weeks while the gates are replaced. A £500,000 program is under way to replace 16 of the gates on the flight of 29 locks. The work on the gates at lock 23 Foxhanger will be brought forward. A BW spokesman said ‘The work should take two weeks’.
I cant imagine what was happening that allowed a boat to damage these 2 ton solid oak gates.