Aylesbury Grand Union Canal lock collapse repair on-going

Narrowboat being lifted out of river in Aylesbury, Bucks The boats began to be lifted out of the canal after being stranded in Aylesbury

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Work to repair a 170-year-old lock wall which collapsed on the Grand Union Canal in Buckinghamshire is taking longer to complete than expected.

The wall of the Buckland lock gave way in March, leaving narrow boats in the Aylesbury basin unable to connect to the main waterway.

About 20 boats were lifted out by crane and taken to Milton Keynes.

It is understood repairs are unlikely to be completed in time for the August bank holiday, as expected.

The collapse opened up a large crater along the towpath and has meant the lock has remained closed since.

It is part of the Aylesbury Arm, which opened in 1839 and has 16 locks over a stretch of just over six miles.

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