Gloucester Docks dredging update 17th October 2023

The next phase of the Canal & River Trust’s dredging programme at Gloucester Docks has been in operation for three weeks as the UK’s largest waterways charity works throughout autumn to maintain suitable navigable depths for boats.

Land and Water have been working with sub-contractors SE Davis to dredge silt from the docks, focusing on priority areas as part of a £1.5 million investment by the Trust that started in November 2022.

Good progress has been made at the start of the latest phase and boats have been able to continue using the docks and are still able to moor.

From the week commencing 23 October the focus of the dredging will be on the canal south of Llanthony Bridge. This section of dredging will be looking at creating a 3.5-metre-deep channel.

From 23 October for two weeks, we will be dredging Gloucester Lock chamber and other areas. The sediment from this will be being loaded onto lorries and taken to a recycling facility where it will be assessed for potential re-use opportunities.

The Canal & River Trust is a charity and welcomes support that any partners around Gloucester Docks can give with the ongoing financial challenges the charity is facing while looking after an ageing and much loved 2,000 miles of canals and rivers across England and Wales.

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