Leeds & Liverpool Canal honoured

14 Dec 2016

The Institution of Civil Engineers has honoured the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with a special award for civil engineering heritage.

The Canal & River Trust received the award as the custodian of the canal, which is England’s longest single man-made waterway.

Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said: “The canal as a whole is a fantastic feat of civil engineering and it was a hugely important infrastructure development which helped shape the future of Wigan and of Northern England.”

Chantelle Seaborn, North West Waterway Manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Wigan Flight itself is a remarkable feat of waterway engineering, raising water where it has no natural right to go. Today the flight is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, runners and anglers, as well as by leisure boaters – a great legacy of the industrial revolution which continues to serve us well in the 21st century.”

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