Boats facing long delays on canals in Northamptonshire

Boat users on canals in Northamptonshire are facing long delays in getting through locks.

Low levels of water are affecting the movement of vessels on the waterways. A dry spring and summer has been blamed for the situation.

Some locks are only open for four hours a day, restricting boats' movement.

Tim Coghlan from Braunston Marina said: "Around 20 boats a day get through the locks and these delays will affect harbour companies."

He added: "The extent of the dryness has been quite dramatic this year.

"We have been through cycles of it before, but this year we are suffering."

Jeff Whyatt, who runs the county's canals with British Waterways, said: "We are hoping to get to the end of the season and then hopefully the winter will be another replenishment period."

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