Update – 20th September
The lift bridge remains closed temporarily, as we continue to work with contractors to develop and cost concepts for potential solutions. These range from replacing the bridge deck with a lighter alternative to incorporating a new lifting bridge within the current structure.
The temporary closure means that no boats can pass under the bridge at present, but we have managed to create a restricted passage over the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. However, we may need to restrict this access for assessments and maintenance to be carried out or at times of adverse weather to ensure the public’s safety. When the bridge is closed we would kindly ask you to take an alternative route.
The bridge will be closed to all pedestrians and cyclists on the morning of Wednesday 26th of September for a heritage assessment. The results of this assessment will help inform plans to enable us to safely open the bridge to allow boats to pass through. We will continue to communicate with boaters who are affected directly as we fully appreciate the inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.
Please keep up to date with any further developments with the bridge on this page, or follow us on Twitter @scottishcanals #unioncanal.
Through our regular and ongoing asset management and inspection programme, we have identified that ongoing deterioration at Leamington Lift Bridge has reached such an extent that we do not consider the structure to be safe to operate and presents a risk to both boaters and members of the public. Unfortunately, we have had to take the decision to close the bridge and restrict access to the area around the bridge whilst we identify a means of making the structure safe.
This is one of our high risk assets and has been identified in our Asset Management Plan as a priority for 2018/19. We anticipate works taking place over the next 2-3 months to allow us to firstly remove the restriction to members of the public, whilst also looking for a long term solution to restore the bridge allowing both pedestrian and boat traffic to be accommodated. Customers are advised to follow the diversion around Lochrin Basin.
We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but safety is our primary concern. We will keep you informed of any progress.