Fortnight to repair lock in Leighton

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Work has started to refit and repair a set of lock gates at Leighton Lock on the Grand Union Canal in Leighton Buzzard.

The works, which are costing £33,000, will take two weeks to complete and involve completely draining the lock to allow The Canal & River Trust’s specialist teams access to the bottom of the lock.

The Trust is halfway through a major, five-month maintenance programme to improve canals and rivers across the country.

Neil Owen, for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This stretch of the Grand Union Canal is extremely popular with boaters travelling between London and the Midlands.

“With so many boats passing through our lock gates do get bashed about a bit so we’re using this winter period, when there are less boats travelling on the canal, to make sure the locks are watertight and working properly.”

The Trust carries out a year round programme of works to maintain and repair the 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in its care so they can be enjoyed by the 33,000 boats and 10 million towpath visitors each year.