Leighton Buzzard lock gets new bottom gates to ensure working order

Important maintenance has been carried out at a historic lock along the Grand Union Canal in Leighton Buzzard.

Friday, 12th March 2021, 10:06 am
Works going on to replace the bottom gates at Leighton Lock

The Canal and River Trust has installed new bottom gates at Leighton Lock (Lock 27) to prolong lifespan for at least two decades.

A spokesperson for the Canal and River Trust said: “Works like these require a temporary dam to be put in place and the water to be drained from the canal.

“It’s a big undertaking. Fortunately, the new gates will last about 25 to 30 years, so it’s one of those ‘once in a generation’ jobs.

Fitting the bottom gates at Leighton Lock PHOTO: Tim Casterton

“Alongside gate replacement works we undertook some essential works on the adjacent pump house to ensure there is enough water in the canal during this summer’s expected busy boating season.

“It is really important that the Trust undertakes this type of work to ensure that the canals are there for local people to use and enjoy.”

The new gates are handmade in traditional oak and cost around £50,000 to make. The pair combined weigh an estimated total of nine tonnes.

The newly installed bottom gates at Leighton Lock