Bridge­wa­ter back­track

Canal Boat - - News -

THE MA­JOR stop­page that was threat­en­ing to keep the Bridge­wa­ter Canal’s Leigh Branch shut un­til June has been short­ened by three weeks – but the canals own­ers Peel Hold­ings say they are un­able to guar­an­tee it will open on time.

With­out this vi­tal link in the route from the Mid­lands to the Leeds & Liver­pool Canal, boats are un­able to reach the Rib­ble Link, Lan­caster Canal or Liver­pool Link with­out ei­ther a long de­tour via York­shire (with boat length re­stric­tions) or an ad­ven­tur­ous cross­ing of the Mersey es­tu­ary. The clo­sure (to en­able Vi­cars Hall Bridge to be re­built in con­nec­tion with a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment by Peel) was de­layed twice for rea­sons out­side Peel’s con­trol, so that in­stead of co­in­cid­ing with win­ter canal works it ran through from 13 Fe­bru­ary to 16 June. This led to pres­sure from the lo­cal branch of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion and con­cerns of boaters miss­ing booked pas­sages through the Rib­ble Link and Liver­pool Link.

Peel has now brought the open­ing date for­ward to 24 May – but ad­mits it “can­not guar­an­tee com­ple­tion on the pub­lished date”.

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