Monday, 27 July 2015

Unlucky for Some

Sometimes you really do have to feel sorry for people. I did so today when monitoring the 48hr moorings at  Lancaster.
A coach party had just arrived and were making their way through the rain along the wharf to join the Budgie Transport trip boat.

No doubt they had planned and booked the trip some time ago, in expectation of a pleasant summer afternoon's trip enjoying the scenery, but I don't suppose they would have seen very much through the rain-spattered windows of the boat today!

They might even have been looking forward to the spectacular views from the Lune Aqueduct - destination of Budgie Transport's popular -  and lucrative - short trip from the city's wharf. But that's not been possible since the beginning of July, when a leak in the embankment leading to the aqueduct caused an emergency stoppage. Budgie has had to run its trips southwards toward Galgate, where it has to be said, the scenery is somewhat less exciting!

On my way back from checking my other mooring sites, I called in to see how work was getting on and found that this party had been particularly unlucky.

The work has been completed, the stop planks have been removed, letting the water back in (the towpath pipe carrying water round the site has been disconnected) and navigation resumes officially at 07.30 tomorrow (Tuesday).

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