£1m Suchet tun­nel ap­peal on tar­get

LICHFIELD CANAL

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THE LICHFIELD CANAL restora­tion scheme and its pa­tron ac­tor David Suchet have set them­selves the tough tar­get of £1m for a new tun­nel in two years – but one-third of the cash has al­ready been raised.

The Lichfield & Hather­ton Canals Restora­tion Trust’s David Suchet Tun­nel Vi­sion Ap­peal aims to fund a tun­nel to take a re­stored Lichfield Canal un­der a rail­way. But the work needs to be done at the same time as a bridge is built to carry the rail­way over a new sec­tion of Lichfield’s by­pass road: it’s only by com­bin­ing the two into a sin­gle rail clo­sure in late 2019 that the cost can be kept down to £1m. And that means the cash must be raised by spring 2019.

The good news is that in just five months since the ap­peal launch, £320,000 has al­ready been raised.

To sup­port the Ap­peal, see lhcrt.org.uk.

David Suchet and wife Sheila at the tun­nel site

What the same site will look like when fin­ished

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