Work starts on aqueduct re­pairs

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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.

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