Canal Boat - - Contents - Frank San­der­son Ken­dal

Dreams of boat­ing, wor­ries about bridge-bash­ing, the age of diesel, and can we have Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways back?

I am sure read­ers will be as con­cerned as I about the dam­age caused by heavy traf­fic to the Grade II listed Crook­lands Bridge 166 on the Lan­caster Canal, near Ken­dal.

I have been re­port­ing dam­age to this lovely old bridge for some years, and note re­cent dam­age has dis­placed the sec­ond course and moved the para­pet top stones so much that they are now at risk of be­ing pushed be­yond the point of bal­ance, which could re­sult in the heavy para­pet stones drop­ping into the canal or onto the canal tow­path, risk­ing in­jury to walk­ers.

This bridge, on a county road, was de­signed for horse and cart, and is clearly un­able to cope with the heavy ve­hi­cles which use it to get to the weigh­bridge on the nearby in­dus­trial site. There is talk of ex­tend­ing this site by a fur­ther 19 acres, which will only bring more heavy ve­hi­cles over a listed bridge which ac­tu­ally needs traf­fic to be di­verted away from it. A junc­tion with the A590 is surely a more sen­si­ble an­swer. This would en­able the Canal & River Trust, which must be frus­trated by the need to make con­stant re­pairs to this listed bridge, to ef­fect a more per­ma­nent re­pair, thus en­sur­ing that tow­path walk­ers are not se­verely in­jured or killed.

I am very much hop­ing that Cum­bria County Coun­cil and the Canal & River Trust can agree that the sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous and will be able to work to­gether to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion.

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