Hundreds visit Sheffield canal open day

Visitors in the drained lock
Visitors in the drained lock
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Hundreds of people enjoyed a closer look at the inner workings of a Sheffield canal at an open day.

About 650 people took the opportunity to look at Lock 10 of The Sheffield Canal – which links Victoria Quays in the city centre with the River Don in Tinsley – after it was opened to the public by the Canal & River Trust.

Construction supervisor, John Cottam explains about the new lock

Construction supervisor, John Cottam explains about the new lock

The lock, in Tinsley, was available to visit after it was drained as part of maintenance work. The open day came as part of the trust’s £45 million programme of repair and restoration works to canals and rivers.

The repairs to Lock 10 include the replacement of both sets of gates, which were last changed 30 years ago. The new gates weigh between three and four tonnes each.

John Cottam, construction supervisor for the trust, said: “We care for a remarkable and historic network of canals and rivers still working just as they were designed to 200 years ago.

“Keeping them in order requires a huge amount of planning, investment and craftsmanship and it’s great we were able to showcase this.

Waterway operative Steve Horsfield chats to the public at the open day

Waterway operative Steve Horsfield chats to the public at the open day

“People said they’ve passed the locks before, but what was really impressive was to walk down inside them, get a close look at the construction and learn interesting facts from our teams about the work.

“We had lots of questions about the new lock gates and how we fit them and it was a really enjoyable day.

“We hope this will inspire many more people to get involved and help support their local waterway.”

Teams of experts will be working on 100 locks across the UK between November and March for the benefit of the 32,000 boats and 12 million towpath visitors a year.