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New Castleford lock gates

Two thousand miles of canals and rivers will have a £50m upgrade - and in Yorkshire there will be a number of lock gate replacements. One such project is a £150,000 lock gate replacement to Bulholme Lock in Castleford.

40ft long replacement in Castleford

A 460ft long lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation in Castleford will be replaced next week. As part of the maintenance work a special public open day is being held today which gives people the chance to walk into and along the drained lock and speak to specialist staff.

This is one of the routes the famous Tom Puddings used (long trains of compartments which could hold around 40 tons of coal each; the compartments were lifted into awaiting ships at Goole via hydraulically operated hoists).

We sent our reporter Victoria Whittam to find out more.

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