SP8713 : Grand Union Canal: Aylesbury Arm: Buckland Lock No 12 (as rebuilt)

taken 3 years ago, near to Puttenham, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Grand Union Canal: Aylesbury Arm: Buckland Lock No 12 (as rebuilt)
Grand Union Canal: Aylesbury Arm: Buckland Lock No 12 (as rebuilt)
The left side lock chamber wall suffered a major structural failure in March 2013, with the wall bowing substantially into the lock and the ground behind it subsiding to leave a long hole behind the deformed wall. The collapse effectively closed the canal and isolated the Aylesbury end of it from the rest of the canal network. The repair work took longer than the Canal & River Trust had expected, primarily because the investigation work into the cause of the collapse, and the design work involved in devising the best method of repairing it, took longer than had been anticipated. The lock wall was eventually completely rebuilt and strengthened with steel piles to give it extra support. Over 7,000 bricks were used and over 450 tonnes of concrete were poured during the repair. When the new wall has had a chance to weather in, it is hoped that it will blend in with the rest of the lock. The lock and the canal to Aylesbury were eventually reopened in November 2013.

For a view of the lock prior to its collapse please see SP8713 : Aylesbury Arm: Buckland Lock (No 12).

Floating tussocks of reeds are generally a nuisance to boaters on much of the Aylesbury Arm, and this lock seems to attract more than its fair share as evidenced by the piles hauled out and left on the lock sides.
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Wednesday, 3 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 September, 2014
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