Kennet and Avon Canal reopened

Ninety stranded boats are to be on the move again

The 10-mile stretch between Crofton Lock near Wilton and Copse Lock near Hamstead Marshall, was closed in November due to lack of water. However, padlocks on the 39 locks that have been closed due to the water level are expected to me removed later today.

The 90 boats that have been stranded for over two months, include houseboats were unable to refuel or empty holding tanks.

A British Waterways spokesman said, “Ground water has been at its lowest level for 90 years. Those wanting to move east have until 9 January.”

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Planned maintenance work at Beech Grove and Hungerford Marsh locks is due to start then.

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