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British Waterways have announced a reduction in the operating hours at Plank Lane Lift Bridge on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The money saved will be re-distributed to the much needed works required around the network. 

The trial operating hours will be:
June 2010: 8:30 to 16:30; July & August 2010: 8:30 to 18:00; September 2010: 8:30 to 16:30.
A review will be undertaken in October to investigate the success of the trial. Please ensure you let BW know if the reduction affects you, by calling the North West office (01942 405700) or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It will help NABO if you could also contact Richard Carpenter, NABO NW rep, so that we can monitor the situation.
British Waterways is currently reviewing the benefits of utilising volunteers to meet a range of core duties and has been discussing this with our NABO NW rep, among others. In the near future, BW hopes that volunteer time contributions can be directed towards manning locks and bridges. If they can secure the volunteer commitment for Plank Lane Life Bridge, it is possible that future operation of the lock can revert to wider opening hours.
If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved with this, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the relevant parties.