He Canal and River Trust has completed work on an aqueduct as reports
AN AQUEDUCT which carries the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal into south Bucks has been repaired as part of a major overhaul of the waterway by the Canal and River Trust (CART), the charity that looks after more than 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales.
CART has completed a monthlong restoration of the River Fray Aqueduct. Other works taking place on this stretch of the canal include dredging the canal, new signage and the removal of a dilapidated concrete jetty at the Slough Basin.
The aqueduct carries the canal over the River Fray which used to power five water mills around Uxbridge.
The £7,000 project to restore the aqueduct included repairing damage caused by vandalism and correcting 20th century maintenance of the aqueduct that had inadvertently caused damage to the structure’s 80-year-old bricks.
Graham Smith, CART’s construction supervisor for London explained: “When the original canal builders constructed the aqueduct, they used a lime mortar to bond together the brick work. However when the aqueduct was repaired by workmen in the 20th century, modern cements was used to patch it up. That cement is much harder and less porous than the original, so it unintentionally caused damage to the old bricks.
“The aqueduct is an important structure and piece of local history so it’s great to see it in good condition again.”
The work being carried out on the Slough arm of the canal is designed to encourage more boat owners to make use of the waterway. In the long term, there are plans to try to connect the Slough arm of the canal to the River Thames.
For more information, visit www. canalrivertrust.org.uk.
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