Dry weather results in canal restrictions

British Waterways is closing an 11-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal in the Midlands, as a result of the recent dry weather.

The restrictions are in place from this week between Kings Lock and Kibworth Top Lock in Leicestershire. Boats will only be able to travel on the stretch for a six-hour period between 10am to 4pm. From 13 April, the stretch will be closed completely until water levels are back to normal.

Grand Union Canal, Leicester
The stretch of the Grand Union Canal will be closed completely from 13 April Credit: ITV Central

British Waterways says the restrictions have been put in place to help conserve water but the closure will be reviewed over the season.

Grand Union Canal, Leicestershire
Restrictions in place on an 11-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Leicestershire. Credit: ITV Central

Vince Moran, from British Waterways, said: “We don’t want to restrict opening times, particularly so early in the season, but I’m sure most boaters would recognise that this is an unusual year. That’s why we’re investing a significant amount of money on a package of schemes which are focussed solely on maintaining navigation on the vast majority of the network throughout the main boating season.

“However it would be foolish of us to make this investment if we weren’t then careful with the water that it yields and that’s why we’re implementing these restrictions at selected locations in order to ensure we use water sensibly and responsibly to see us through the summer”.