River Weaver (Weston Marsh Lock Line)

The River Weaver (Weston Marsh Lock Line) is a large river and is part of the River Weaver. It runs for 1 furlong through 1 lock from Head of Weston Marsh Side Lock (where it joins the River Weaver (main line)) to Weaver Mouth (where it joins the Manchester Ship Canal (Main Line)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 130 feet long and 10 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

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Head of Weston Marsh Side Lock
Junctions with Manchester Ship Canal and River Weaver - Old Navigation Line
Weaver Mouth
Junctions with River Weaver and River Weaver - Old Navigation Line
1 furlong 1 lock
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Navigation closure notice: Weaver Navigation, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Open - Marsh Lock — from Saturday the 2nd of June, 2018 to Sunday the 2nd of June, 2019.

Update on 16/10/2018: Marsh lock has now reopened and is available for restricted passage through one upper gate with a limited maximum boat beam of 5 meters. Passage will be by appointment only, giving 48 hours advanced notice Monday to Friday between 8:30am 3:30pm no weekend passages are available. All necessary paperwork MUST be in place for the Manchester Ship Canal prior to passage. Bookings can be made by calling 03030 40 40 40. Update on 04/10/2018: The monitoring equipment has been installed and repairs to the damaged gate are planned for this Friday 5th October.  Subject to the repair work being satisfactorily completed the lock will be re-opened for restricted passage, utilising a single leaf gate, early next week. Update on 19/09/2018: The lock is to be re-opened for restricted boat passage. The damage gate will not be operated and craft will enter and leave the lock using a single leaf gate.  The damaged gate will be monitored during lock operation. Monitoring devices need installing and temporary repairs need carrying out to broken tie-bars. This works is to be scheduled as soon as possible. Once this has been completed an update will be posted Update on 13/09/2018: We will be able to provide a further update later this week confirming the dates when we will be able to offer restricted  passage through the one operational lock gate. Update on 28/08/2018: Following the completion of additional inspection and dive work last week, our engineers have been able to better assess the condition of the damaged gate.  Whilst the inspection confirmed that operation using the damaged gate is not achievable; procedures are being developed to allow a limited passage through the lock utilising the undamaged gate.  Details of the navigation restrictions will be confirmed later this week. Major gate repairs are still required to allow full operation of the lock and these are now scheduled in the winter works programme. Update on 22/08/2018: Further to our recent update, the condition of the damaged gate is still under investigation. However, following the initial surveys, we have found that we may be able to operate the lock with a limited restricted passage.  Additional inspections and diving works are required this week and we hope to provide an update on Tuesday 28th August. We hope this will allow passage for some of our customers before major repairs commence. Update on 11/06/2018: Initial investigations are being carried out to assess the damage of the lock gates. Further updates to follow. Update on 04/06/2018: Further to our stoppage notice of the 2nd June, serious damage has been caused to the lock gates due to a large vessel running into them.  The repairs will be a long process and the lock is now closed until further notice.   A further update will be added in a week. Marsh Lock has been closed due to mechanical damage, pending further investigation and possible repair works.  

Notification sent Saturday the 2nd of June, 2018


Wikipedia has a page about River Weaver

The River Weaver is a river, navigable in its lower reaches, running in a curving route anti-clockwise across west Cheshire, northern England. Improvements to the river to make it navigable were authorised in 1720 and the work, which included eleven locks, was completed in 1732. An unusual clause in the enabling Act of Parliament stipulated that profits should be given to the County of Cheshire for the improvement of roads and bridges, but the navigation was not initially profitable, and it was 1775 before the first payments were made. Trade continued to rise, and by 1845, over £500,000 had been given to the county.

The major trade was salt. The arrival of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Anderton in 1773 was detrimental to the salt trade at first, but ultimately beneficial, as salt was tipped down chutes from the canal into barges on the river navigation. Access to the river was improved in 1810 by the Weston Canal, which provided a link to Weston Point, where boats could reach the River Mersey at most states of the tide, as the water was deeper. The navigation was completely reconstructed between 1870 and 1900, with the original locks being replaced by five much larger locks, capable of handling 1000-tonne coasters. With the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal, a new lock was constructed at Weston Marsh, which gave direct access to the ship canal without having to pass through the docks at Weston Point. All water from the river entered the canal nearby, and any surplus was released into the Mersey through the Weaver sluices, which were located just upstream of the junction.

A notable feature is the Anderton Boat Lift, which is near Northwich, and links the Weaver with the Trent and Mersey Canal some 50 feet (15 m) above. It was opened in 1875, to allow canal boats to reach the Weaver, and although closed on safety grounds in 1983, it was refurbished and reopened in 2002. Many of the structures of the navigation are of historical importance, and are grade II listed. They include the Hayhurst swing bridge and Northwich Town bridge, which are believed to be the earliest swing bridges powered by electricity. Both have a sectional pontoon, which is immersed in the river and carries about 80 per cent of the weight of the bridge. Dutton Horse Bridge, which carries the towpath over the weir stream at Dutton, is one of the earliest surviving laminated timber structures. Dutton railway viaduct, which was built by Joseph Locke and George Stephenson for the Grand Junction Railway, is grade II* listed, and a civic celebration was held on its completion, as there had been no deaths and no serious injuries to the workers during its construction.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to River Weaver
[River Dane] [Weaverham] [River Wheelock] [Little Leigh] [River Weaver Navigation Society] [Acton Bridge] [Dutton, Cheshire] [Anderton with Marbury] [Marston, Cheshire]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 14:55