Update on 23/12/2013:
The East Midlands team have now prepared a detailed programme for the investigation and repair work and, as a precaution, have extended the closure to the 29th March.
The works are required as one of the bottom gates has dropped by 50mm and there could be a number of reasons for this. Although the team have attempted to discover the nature of the problem using divers there is still some uncertainty.
The bottom of the gate is fixed in position with a ‘pintel and cup’ arrangement and the investigation and repair work is likely to be focused on this area. The timber around the cup, which sits within the gate, could have rotted allowing the pintel to push the cup into the gate, the pintel could have sheared or the lock floor around the pintel could be damaged causing the pintel to drop.
It is only once we drain the lock that we will know. It may be that the works are completed before the 29 th March, but we are currently allowing for a number of options.
We understand that this closure may disrupt your schedule.
We are taking every step to fix the problem as soon as possible and we will keep you updated of our progress.
A stoppage is required to investigate and repair a problem with the bottom lock gates at Holme Lock. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but can assure you that this work is necessary to maintain the navigation. The lock will be closed to all river traffic within the published stoppage dates. Changes and updates will be posted on the Trust’s stoppage web page and at nearby lock sites.
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