EA Thames lock closures – 2012/13

EA have recently issued their programme of River Thames lock closures, all part of the Waterway investment programme – 2012/13.

Listed below are the locks that will be closed during the 2012/13 waterway investment programme. The locks will be closed from the first date listed and will re-open on the day after the final date.

Buscot Lock                         28 January 2013 to 28 February 2013                                 
                                                Re-sheeting the lock gates

Rushey Lock                        7 January 2013 to 1 March 2013                                                                                            Replacing the rubbing timbers

Iffley Lock                             1 November 2012 to 8 March 2013                                                    Replacing the lock gates

Abingdon Lock                    5 November 2012 to 21 March 2013                                         

                                                Refurbishing the lock chamber

Whitchurch Lock                 28 January 2013 to 09 February 2013                                  

            Repairs to lock gates and lock chamber cills

Old Windsor Lock                 5 November 2012 to 25 January 2013                                 

                                                Refurbishing the lock chamber

Penton Hook Lock               5 November 2012 to 22 December 2012                             

                                                Additional closure 3 January 2013 to 31 January                    

                                                Inspecting and refurbishing the lock gates

Sunbury New Lock               21 January 2013 to 15 February 2013                                  

                                                Repairs to lock gate anchor plates

Sunbury old lock will remain open during the new lock closure. Passage will be limited to published lock keeper hours of duty.

Molesey Lock                      14January 2013 to 8 March 2013                                           

                                               Refurbishing lock chamber and boat rollers

EA are also carrying out other capital works on the waterway during 2012/13, please see below for details. These works will not affect you using the locks during the construction.

· Rushey Paddle and Rymer weir – Replacing the existing weir with 3 dipping radial gates and raised cills incorporating lightweight paddles on shorter section – summer 2012 and summer 2013.

· Iffley Weir  – Repairs to the existing 5 buck gates – summer 2013 

· Osney weir – Replacing the split bucks gates with a new tilting gate – summer 2013

· Molesey Weir – Replacing the existing 15 split gates with 7 radial gates, including a new fish pass – work starts April 2013.

Dates are subject to change: for the most up to date version, please see www.environment-agency.gov.uk/thamesclosures where you will also find the information displayed on a map.

This is based on Issue five of the EA notice 18 January 2013