Canal and Rivers Trust has said that work to repair a collapsed culvert on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal was completed in time to open the key route for boaters over the bank holiday weekend.
The culvert, which carries a stream below the canal, collapsed on 12 June causing a breach in the canal close to Melling.
Canal and Rivers Trust senior project manager Richard Spencer estimates that the work has cost up to £600,000. He said: “Starting with the initial response alongside the emergency services, right through to the finishing touches this week, it’s been a complex task.
“We’ve worked hard to get the canal and towpath open as soon as possible as we know they’re much-loved by local people, so it’s great that everyone will be able to get out and about again on or by the water over the bank holiday weekend.
“The support for our charity’s work has been fantastic, and we thank all the volunteers who have given up their time to help care for their local waterway, ensuring everyone in the community can continue to enjoy a slice of waterside wellbeing in their daily lives.”