'Making good progress' on the Oxford land slip

Published: Wednesday, 17 April 2024

WE ARE told that the contractors are 'making good progress' on the land slip on the Oxford Canal.

But alas it has kept the Oxford Canal closed since the 8th of February—ten weeksand has only reached the position where access to the site has been made, Keith Gudgin reports.

Track to gain access

This is in the form of a track along a field to gain access to the canal at Easenhall Cutting at Brinklow, so that machines can be delivered, but another access road is yet to be constructed at the other side of the waterway.

Wet weather has hindered progress with the then opening date of the 6th April now gone, but once the actual work starts it is told the work should be completed by the middle of May. 

But this too depends of course on the weather and the land drying-out so that the machines are able to operate.

Until then the Oxford Canal is blocked.

Kennet & Avon reopened

The good news is that the Kennet & Avon Canal that was closed owing to a snapped collar on Lock 62 at Crofton has been attended to.

The collar snapped on Saturday 13th closing the lock, but was repaired with the navigation reopened yesterday, Tuesday. 16th.