Work starts on aqueduct repairs
THE LANCASTER CANAL’S Stainton Aqueduct, badly damaged by an earlier heavy rain and flooding before the main Boxing Day floods, is seeing the first steps towards repair.
Although on the currently unnavigable northern reaches of the canal, it forms part of a section which is kept in water to supply the navigable length; it also features in long-term proposals to reopen the canal through to Kendal and is a listed structure – but the floods left it close to collapse.
Engineers working with the Canal & River Trust have begun the initial work to secure the damaged wall which caused the arch to crack, and to install a more permanent dam to protect the structure. The work will take six weeks and cost around £250,000, but this will only form an initial stage of repair to prevent further damage.
Full restoration is likely to cost over £1m and it is not clear where the cash will come from. “Cumbria County Council have been really supportive and are working with us to secure funding for the longer term repairs,” said CRT Waterway Manager Chantelle Seaborn.