Chichester lock maintenance update
With the lock due to reopen next week, we would like to thank you for your patience during this essential maintenance. Whilst these large-scale operations are critical to ensure reliability, we have aimed to minimise disruption by scheduling the works during the quieter winter period.
Alongside this, the channel into the lock is being dredged to 0.5m below chart datum. Working alongside the Chichester Harbour Conservancy, we are trialling beneficial dredging. This entails using the dredged silt to replenish the eroding salt marshes in West Itchenor. What’s more, it saves burning fossil fuels to remove the silt to the usual disposal site south of the Nab Tower in the Solent.