After a review of the opening hours at the Tidal Locks (Cromwell, Torksey, West Stockwith and Boston) within the East Midlands, I am proposing some changes upon which I would appreciate your views. I believe these changes will provide a consistent approach to tidal lock operation that will assist and simplify communications to boaters. It will also allow us to develop a more efficient lock keeping rota and will free up resources to utilise on maintenance elsewhere on the waterway.
My proposal is as follows:
- All 4 tidal locks to have the same core hours, which will be:
7:00am to 9:00pm in Summer (the earlier of Good Friday or 1 st April to 30th September)
8:00am to 4:00pm in Winter
(Cromwell is currently manned from 6:00am in summer and Torksey and West Stockwith are currently manned from 7:00am to 5:00pm in winter). Naturally, the availability of passage through the locks during these hours would still be subject to suitable water levels.
- Any passage required outside of these hours to be booked at least 7 days in advance through the office at Newark and would be subject to staff availability.
- At Boston Lock, as passage is limited to specific windows of opportunity, we propose to man the lock for a maximum of 6 hours on any day. The actual hours of manning each day will be designed to maximise the opportunity to use the lock.
If all goes well I would propose to implement any changes this Spring.
Could you please let me have any comments on these proposals by the 13 th March 2014. Please send any comments to Charts@theboatingassociation.co.uk