GCR bridge fund hits £130,000

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

A suc­cess­ful ‘Money Match March’ ap­peal has pushed the Great Cen­tral Rail­way’s ‘Cross­ing the Canal’ ap­peal to £130,000. The David Clarke Rail­way Trust’s ‘Money Match March’ ini­tia­tive was launched with an anony­mous donor match­fund­ing all do­na­tions dur­ing March up to £25,000, and was over-sub­scribed. The rail­way needs £475,000 to re­pair the steel bridge over the Grand Union Canal north of Lough­bor­ough, be­fore re­con­struct­ing 550 yards of miss­ing em­bank­ment, to link the Lough­bor­ough-based GCR op­er­a­tion with the GCR (Not­ting­ham) via the newly in­stalled bridge over the Mid­land Main Line (SR472). GCR Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Michael Gough said: “This en­ables us to make a start in the au­tumn, pro­vided the site has been cleared in readi­ness and sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion.” Do­na­tions can be made on­line at www.gcrail­way. co.uk/unify

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