Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
TAC Members-Only Forum
If you have arrived here and not yet signed up as a member, then please first join at http://t-a-c.forumotion.com/register using your real name.

Forum Membership is with Real Names only.
Please create a Username that is your First Name and Surname eg. "Joe Bloggs"
(This will save our Admin team the need to contact you about changing it)

http://rivertac.org/membership


Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum
 
HomeHome  TAC Home PageTAC Home Page  SearchSearch  FAQFAQ  RegisterRegister  Log in  
Navigation
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 
Rechercher Advanced Search
Latest topics
» "Citizen Crane" project - sampling dates
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:16 pm by Ed Randall

» Citizen Crane Forum ~ 26th October 2018
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Invitation to the 2018 Eel forum ~ 15th October
Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:38 pm by Ed Randall

» Mystery of dead eels found in rivers
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:43 pm by Ed Randall

» Eel Trap Clean Up/ training 5th May 2018 10am
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:40 pm by Ed Randall

» A new address for 2017 ~ forum.rivertac.org
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:48 pm by Admin

» Hampton Riviera removed
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:41 pm by Ed Randall

» Roads closed everywhere ~ July 29th/30th ~ bike race
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:14 am by John LeSurf

» *Thames Tunnel (Tideway Tunnel)*
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:56 am by John LeSurf

» new hotel at hampton court means loss of fishing
Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:26 pm by Ed Randall

» FORCE clean-up in Donkey Wood ~ Sun 13th May 2018
Thu May 17, 2018 10:16 am by JeffHowe

» TOP RIVER ANGLERS UNITE TO FORM NEW CONSERVATION GROUP
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:23 pm by John LeSurf

» penton hook tidy up.
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:05 am by John LeSurf

» Riverfly & Clean-up Donkey Woods Saturday 18th Nov 2017
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:02 pm by Ed Randall

» Biggest fish of all book
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:43 pm by Adrian Hoare

» Wandle Trust - eel pass installation - call for volunteers
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:53 am by Ed Randall

» Outfall Safari across London - call for Volunteers!
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:47 am by Ed Randall

» Fishing the Thames at Medley
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:33 pm by Trevor Rowe

» Thames Semi-Tidal Draw Off 2017
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:08 pm by Ed Randall

» Eel Trap Results 2017
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:07 pm by patrick barker

» Fish-swallowing Angler "lucky to be alive"
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:01 am by Ed Randall

» River Mole polluted at Horley
Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:52 am by Ed Randall

» Petition to stop the export of elvers
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:16 pm by Ed Randall

» Riverfly Training ~ Hogsmill ~ 30th Sept 2017
Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:56 am by Ed Randall

» Monster fatberg in Whitechapel
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:40 pm by Ed Randall

» Radio 4 ~ Macquarie: The Tale of the River Bank
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:28 pm by Ed Randall

» Thames TideFest 10th September 2017
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:00 am by John LeSurf

» Invitation to the 2017 Eel Forum ~ 17th October
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:32 am by Ed Randall

» Do you recognise any of these men?
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 pm by Ed Randall

» Better access to free Thames fishing in Reading
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:08 am by Ed Randall

Angling Data View
River Levels
UK Map

Thames Tides

Share | 
 

 New year brings new look for Benson Lock

Go down 
AuthorMessage
Admin
Admin
Admin
avatar

Posts : 490
Join date : 2009-12-27

PostSubject: New year brings new look for Benson Lock   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:46 pm

11-Jan-2012

The popular Benson Lock on the River Thames is currently undergoing a face lift as part of the Environment Agency’s commitment in maintaining the River’s many structures.

Work on the site kick started in early November, and this Wednesday, 11 January a 100 tonne crane will be used to lift two five tonne steel lock gates into place. The steel gates will replace the 30 year-old timber lock gates and should last 60 years. The project is part of £3m programme of capital works running from August 2011 to March 2012.

The very busy lock to the West of Wallingford and East of Abingdon has proven to be very popular amongst river users, with over 8,000 boaters passing through the lock in 2011. However, the old timber gates, installed in the 1970’s had reached the end of their operational life. Work on replacing the lock gates has proved to be a tricky project, with no access by road all plant equipment and material had to arrive to the site by river, including the 100 tonne crane used to lift the gates.

Paul Power, Environment Agency Waterways Engineer for the River Thames, said: “This is a highly unusual opportunity to see a lock out of operation and drained to the bottom. A lock without water is a rare sight, and serves as a reminder to us on how much we rely on the smooth operation of locks to keep the River Thames running on a day to day basis.

“The installation of these new gates and the refurbishment of the lock walls will mean Benson Lock will continue to operate smoothly for many more years to come.”

The existing lock chamber was built in the 1890’s and has a number of unique features, including both a cast iron base and lower walls made of cast iron – the only lock on the River Thames to have this. To carry out the structural repairs, the lock was drained in order to gain access to the lock walls. Over 450 fish were caught at the lock in November and released to the river - outside of the lock chamber in preparation for the engineering works to begin. Environment Agency fisheries team used manual electro-fishing tools to stun the fish before removing them and safely returning them to the river. Electro-fishing involves passing an electric current through the water, attracting and momentarily stunning the fish, enabling them to be easily caught.

The Environment Agency owns more than 2000 structures along the River Thames which we have a legal duty to maintain and keep to good and safe working order ensuring that many thousands of people can navigate this great river with peace of mind.
Back to top Go down
http://www.rivertac.org
Steve Appleford



Male Posts : 1106
Join date : 2010-01-28
Age : 54
Location : Newbury Berkshire

PostSubject: Re: New year brings new look for Benson Lock   Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:26 pm

Not that many of you are likely to come up that far but a couple of usefull [or not ] facts .
There is now a tackle shop selling bait/maggots/tackle right on the waterfront just above Benson lock .
There is a small free bit just above the weir by the waterfront cafe that is q decent little swim Steve.
Back to top Go down
 
New year brings new look for Benson Lock
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» World's fastest 14 year old girl - Hannah Cunliffe - 11.71
» Polaris Lock and ride box for sale!
» Buying a 20 year old vehicle
» 2010 YEAR-END PARTY PIX
» Bookmakers lament one-sided New Year Sprint

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Thames Anglers' Conservancy Members Forum :: Open Section :: News Board :: Environment Agency-
Jump to: