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Lock Modernisation - Winter 2020

The marina lock was constructed in 1964, and whilst it has been carefully maintained since, in February 2020 successful modernisation works were completed to ensure that it continues to be efficient, reliable and fit for the future.

Chichester Marina's lock closed at the beginning of February 2020 for works to proceed and the lock opened on a reduced service on Saturday 21st March whilst the opening and closing cycle of the new lock system was being monitored and equipment bedded in.

The lock is now fully operational, ready for boat owners to use once government restrictions are lifted. 

The £400,000 programme of modernisation works included standard lock maintenance, the replacement of gate bearings; replacing the lock’s motors and gearboxes; rewiring the lock and installing a modern new computerised lock control system.

During the closure, the marina utilised the empty lock as a unique training tool and invited West Sussex Fire & Rescue to help with a series of demonstrations. The action-packed day included a variety of possible scenarios, including how to deal with a casualty recovery following an accidental fall from height.

The West Sussex Fire and Rescue services from Chichester, Bognor, West Wittering Marine Unit and the technical rescue team based at Gatwick were on hand for the full day to help run through each exercise.