Shropshire Union Canal opens after repairs

The Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal suffered a significant breach in March 2018 Photo: Canal & River Trust The Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal suffered a significant breach in March 2018 Photo: Canal & River Trust
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The Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal has reopened following repairs costing £3m after a section of the 200-year-old embankment was washed into the River Wheelock in March.

The repairs were carried out by contractors Keir and CPC Civils on behalf of the Canal & River Trust which funded the project together with support from the People’s Postcode Lottery and donations from the local community.

More than 4,000 tonnes of stones were used to rebuild the 12m high embankment and construct new concrete walls. The contractors also built a new PVC lining membrane and concrete protection slab and reinstated the towpath.

Andy Johnson, senior project manager at the Canal & River Trust said the trust faced complex challenges including removing stranded boats and accessing the canal bed to reach the breach.

Volunteers have worked closely with the trust, removing debris from the canal bed, carrying out towpath improvements, recovering bricks for re-use, painting lock gates and clearing vegetation.

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