The works to the Basingstoke Canal are coming to an end. The canal was emptied a few weeks ago to enable thorough investigations into the state of the banks and for infrastructure improvements to be identified and dealt with. I’ve dealt with some of this previously on this blog.
Works have taken place to deal with bank erosion and pointing work has been done at various locks to fix masonry problems as these two pictures show. The bank works in the picture below clearly are not completed yet.
My sources tell me the canal will begin to be refilled starting tomorrow and will take up to two weeks to get back to a point where it is navigable. As the canal has no natural source of water, except the rain, it means that there needs to be a steady flow to refill it otherwise pounds further upstream will be emptied.