VAC­U­UM­ING UP AQUEDUCT

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Silt and de­bris from Smeth­wick’s 190 year old En­gine Arm Aqueduct are pic­tured be­ing sucked out by a gi­ant ‘Hoover’ ahead of re­pairs to stop this Grade II listed struc­ture leak­ing. Re­moval of 150 cu­bic me­tres of silt en­ables en­gi­neers from the Canal & River Trust to get in and carry out re­pairs. CRT’s Si­mon Hughes said: “Over the next few weeks we plan to in­stall a new liner, re-point sec­tions of the brick­work and re­place any miss­ing or badly dam­aged bricks and stone. The re­pair work should fin­ish by the end of May.

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