West Leeds: Work under way on £650,000 canal repairs scheme

PIC: Steven Sutcliffe
PIC: Steven Sutcliffe
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A MAJOR repairs programme has begun on a stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

The £650,000 project will see improvements being made to around 750 metres of 200-year-old embankment on the canal at Calverley, Leeds.

Unstable lengths of retaining wall alongside the towpath will be shored up, preventing leaks.

A blocked drainage culvert will also be replaced during the work, which is being carried out by the Canal and River Trust.

Trust senior project manager Paul Brown said: “The embankment has started to leak in places over time and the repairs will ensure the canal can continue to be enjoyed by the many walkers, boaters, cyclists and anglers who use the canal every day.”

The scheme is expected to take around eight weeks to complete. While it is being carried out, the towpath will be closed between Thornhill Bridge and Calverley Lodge swing bridge.

For further information about the work of the trust, visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk.