Briefing Note: Removal of Pinch Points
This briefing note sets out IWA’s aspirations for the long-term removal of pinch points around the waterways system. For the purposes of this briefing note, a ‘pinch point’ is defined as a place where the minimum gauge for a waterway has been reduced to an extent that it prevents the passage by boats of the original gauge intended for that waterway. Pinch points have been created over the years and may affect the available height, depth and width of navigation as it passes through specific structures and locations.
IWA monitors any proposed new developments on waterways and will campaign for new structures to consider the original gauge of that waterway in order to avoid new pinch points being created.
A recent example of potential future pinch points is the proposed HS2 High Speed Railway about which IWA is lobbying to ensure that headroom at all the proposed crossings of waterways both navigable and under restoration will not create any new pinch points.
[The photo shows Hurleston Bottom Lock at the entrance to the Llangollen Canal – by Roy Heatley]