The Environment Agency will invest 2.75 million pounds on maintaining vital structures along the River Thames over the coming months. The investment is part of an on-going programme of work aimed at keeping the river's locks in good condition for boaters.
Twelve locks along the River Thames will benefit from investment over the winter period (September to March), with the biggest projects being undertaken at Iffley, Abingdon and Old Windsor locks, where a total of £1.3 million will be spent replacing lock gates and repairing and reinforcing the lock chambers. Abingdon and Old Windsor locks will be drained completely in November to allow engineers access to the chamber walls to carry out repairs and reinforcements, as well as installing new timbers to the chamber walls to help protect both the walls and boats during operations of the lock.
Closures at Abingdon lock will be in operation from 1 November 2012 to 4 March 2013. To help boaters plan their journeys on the river while the works are underway and to gain more information on the work being carried out visit the website www.enivornment-agency.gov.uk/
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