£½m for aqueduct repairs
AN AQUEDUCT THAT badly damaged by the winter floods of 2015-16 is set to be restored thanks to £500,000 of Government funding.
Stainton Aqueduct, which carries the Lancaster over the Stainton Beck and a footpath, suffered scouring to its foundations This resulted in a large part of one face of the arch and the adjacent abutment wall becoming detached, risking a major collapse. But being situated on the abandoned northern reaches of the canal between Tewitfield and Kendal, it wasn’t a priority for Canal & River Trust funding given the amount of flood repair work that was needed to reopen the navigable Pennine waterways.
However, it is a listed historic structure so demolition wasn’t an option. The Trust, therefore, carried out £250,000 of initial works to stabilise the aqueduct and prevent further damage, while seeking external sources for the estimated £1.5m needed for full repairs. But now, as part of a £4m package of funding for repairs across Cumbria (mostly for paths and trails in the Lake District National Park), the Rural Payments Agency has agreed £500,000 for Stainton Aqueduct, paving the way for full repairs.