Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bulholme canal lock gates craned in to place

Lock gates craned in to position
Image caption A 100 tonne crane was used to replace the existing gates

A new set of lock gates has been craned into place on a West Yorkshire canal.

Bulholme Lock on the Aire and Calder Navigation, near Castleford, was fitted with a new set of "head" or top gates, the Canal and River Trust said.

The £150,000 replacement was part of the trust's winter maintenance programme. The existing pair of gates had been in place for 29 years.

The lock is 460ft (140 metres) long and holds 730,000 gallons of water. An open day is to be held on Sunday.

The gates were made at a workshop in Stanley Ferry, Wakefield.

The Canal and River Trust is a charity caring for 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometres) of waterways in England and Wales.

The Aire and Calder Navigation runs from Leeds to Goole with a branch from Castleford to Wakefield.

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