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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.”

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