Following a 10-month campaign by IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch, the opening times of Frankton Locks have been extended. The times have changed from 12am-2pm to 9am-1pm each day. The new timings will be introduced in time for the summer 2020 season, starting on 30th March 2020. The extension should improve boater access to the Montgomery Canal.
The limit of navigation for powered craft on the Montgomery Canal has been extended beyond Gronwen Wharf following extensive restoration. IWA is keen to help more boats to use the rural waterway. The current Montgomery Canal Conservation Strategy allows for 2500 boat visitors a year onto the canal. However, it is thought that the actual number of visitors is only between 1100 and 1200 per annum.
Michael Haig, chairman of IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch, said, “Canal & River Trust’s agreement to double the opening hours at Frankton locks should make things considerably easier for boaters wishing to explore the tranquility of the Montgomery Canal. Perhaps more boaters will be encouraged to visit the IWA Silver Propeller Challenge destination at Gronwen Wharf.”
“The revised opening times mean that boaters will not have to moor above or below the locks waiting for a noon opening. In addition, the extended hours should spread water demand over a longer period, reducing the problems of low water at the top lock.”
Booking Passage through Frankton Locks
For the foreseeable future, the requirement for both advance bookings and for a minimum stay of one night with a maximum of 14 nights will remain in force. Boaters wishing to book passage through Frankton Locks should contact CRT no later than 10am on the day of passage. Boaters can do this via CRT’s website or by calling 03030 404040.