Go­ing un­der­ground...

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IF YOU’D BEEN at the west por­tal of Stand­edge Tun­nel in early Fe­bru­ary, you might just have spot­ted this un­likely look­ing con­trap­tion re­vers­ing into the dark­ness. Known as a ‘Truxor’, it’s a kind of am­phibi­ous trac­tor that had been brought in spe­cially to clear a block­age of silt about 250 me­tres in from the Dig­gle end of Bri­tain’s long­est and high­est canal tun­nel. The ma­chine’s hy­draulic bucket was used to clear silt which had been brought down into the tun­nel by the heavy rain fall­ing on the Pen­nines. “Not only have we had to bring in spe­cial­ist equip­ment, we’ve had to take spe­cial­ist ad­vice from a min­ing con­sul­tant who is ex­pe­ri­enced in con­fined spa­ces to make sure the work is un­der­taken in a safe and ef­fi­cient way,” said Pro­ject man­ager Mark Weather­all.

The com­ple­tion of the work means that the tun­nel can open to through­nav­i­ga­tion and to the reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger trips on 19 March as planned.

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