The Westlandgrachtschutsluis, which has not been used for over twenty years, will reopen this sailing season. The lock provides a connection between the canals and Sloterplas, reducing the pressure on the canals.
From this Friday, water sports enthusiasts can already use the new sailing route.
The lock, which dates from 1963, has not been used for over twenty years. It was to be opened in 2018, but the tender for the remote opening of the lock was delayed.
Ultimately, this automation will only start in 2022, is the expectation. Until then, two employees will operate the lock. “Manual operation here means operating the lock with muscle power on site,” says a spokesperson for the district council.
The lockkeeper’s house will eventually receive hotel status.
‘Westlandgrachtschutsluis was the missing link in the sloop network’
The Westlandgrachtschutsluis was the still missing link in the ‘boat network’ of Amsterdam. In 2010, the Cramer and Akersluis, also in Nieuw-West, were already opened as part of the ‘Watervisie 2040’ of the municipality. These locks can already be operated remotely.
Opening the Westlandgrachtschutsluis means a connection between the canals within the ring and the Sloterplas. “There are so many more sailing options for water sports enthusiasts,” says district councilor Erik Bobeldijk.
The sailing season ends this year on October 31.
Source site www.nu.nl