Bridg­ing the gap…

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THE FIRST VE­HI­CLE is pic­tured test­ing out Stroud’s strik­ing new Lodge­more Bridge, a lift­bridge built to an un­usual de­sign – on the skew and with a sin­gle coun­ter­bal­ance weight.

Along with the new Bow­bridge Bridge, also un­der con­struc­tion, it will close one of the last re­main­ing gaps in the six-mile length from Stone­house to just below Brim­scombe whose restora­tion is cur­rently near­ing com­ple­tion.

Mean­while, Cotswold Canals Trust is hold­ing its col­lec­tive breath wait­ing for news of the £15m Her­itage Lot­tery Fund bid to re­store the link from this sec­tion to the na­tional canal net­work at Saul. The Trust has made a 15-minute video fea­tur­ing one of its bet­ter known mem­bers, broad­caster and his­to­rian Pro­fes­sor Mark Hor­ton (in­set), about this four-mile length. You can watch Stroud­wa­ter Re­stored and Con­nected by fol­low­ing the links from cotswold­canals.com.

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