ABSEILERS ARE SEEN carrying out an inspection of the ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ – the Anderton Lift.
The structure, which lifts boats 50ft between the Trent & Mersey and River Weaver, was fully restored in 2002. The inspection is part of its ‘MoT’ to ensure it is kept in good working order. The specialist abseiling team is the most efficient way to check for corrosion or any other defects.
“It is a cat’s cradle of steel and iron dating back to 1875 and needs to be examined closely,” explained Canal & River Trust engineer Lee Bradley. “The abseilers are experts in their field and able to access every nook and crevice that needs to be examined. The alternative would be to swathe the structure in scaffolding, but this would mean the boat lift would have to be closed, with the ensuing inconvenience.”