The Independent London Newspaper
28th February 2017

Canal lock to be drained for maintenance

    Published: 6 November 2013

    BOOKINGS are being taken for a rare chance to snoop around the depths of a drained Lock chamber in Camden Town.


    The Camden and River Trust is draining water out of the “Hampstead Road” lock, opposite Starbucks near the iconic Camden Lock bridge, so it can replace the lock gates.


    A giant crane is being brought in on a boat down the Regent's Canal to help with the major works, which will shut the 200 year old waterway on November 16 and 17 between 10am-4pm.


    It is part of a £45million nationwide project.


    Jon Guest, London waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Hampstead Road Lock is in the heart of Camden and replacing these lock gates is part of the essential maintenance needed to enable the local canal network to be used and enjoyed by boaters, cyclists, anglers and walkers.”


    For more information on the opportunity to “venture into the bottom of a drained lock chamber” visit




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