EMERGENCY WORK COMPLETED ON THAMES LOCK

 

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Work on a trouble-hit lock on the non-tidal river was completed in time for the Bank Holiday weekend

A statement from EA harbourmaster Andrew Graham said: "The fault with the public power system at Cookham Lock has been repaired. The lock is now fully functioning and has 24 hour public power available. We would like to thank you for your patience whilst we have carried out the work to resolve this fault."

Earlier we reported:

[The work] involves installing a new power system after a series if problems over the past few months.

In a notice to boaters the EA said : "Whilst we are working to resolve this fault the lock will have restricted opening times. Therefore, we would advise you to plan your journey in order that you arrive during lock keeper’s hours of duty."

Restrictions announced by the agency include

Lock keeper's hours of duty for May and June are 9am to 6pm. Lunch break: 1pm to 2pm. Cookham Lock will also be manned Friday to Sunday from 6pm to 8:30pm.

If there is not a lock keeper present during these hours, they may be operating one of the weirs. In this instance boaters are urged to telephone 0800 80 70 60. The lock keeper will be diverted to the lock to allow passage.

Between the hours of 10pm and 7am the lock will be operable on hand wind.

Monday to Thursday: from 7am to 9am and 6pm to 10pm Cookham Lock will not be operable at all and will therefore be closed during these hours.

Friday to Sunday: from 7am to 9am and 8:30pm to 10pm Cookham Lock will not be operable at all and will therefore be closed during these hours.

Work to install the new system is planned to take place from Monday May 16th to Friday June 3rd.

For the latest see a river restrictions link on our Information Hub page or contact the EA.

Story updated May 27th 2016

   
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