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Culvert collapse repairs start on Leeds and Liverpool Canal

leeds and liverpool canal breach

The Canal and Rivers Trust has said that work in now underway to repair a collapsed culvert that caused a breach in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Melling, near Liverpool last month.

More than 1,300t of aggregates have been used to create cofferdams on either side of the collapsed section to allow repairs to be carried out.

leeds and liverpool canal breach 2

leeds and liverpool canal breach 2

Repairs are expected to cost more than £0.5M

The trust said that the breach was caused by the collapse of a pipe below the canal on 12 June and led to an emergency response to stem the flow of water from the damaged section and rescue fish stranded by the incident.

The charity estimates that the cost of repairs could top £0.5M.

“We’ve been working hard over the last few weeks installing the permanent dams to allow access into the canal bed to install the new pipe,” said Canal and Rivers Trust senior project manager Richard Spencer. “The Leeds and Liverpool is a wonderful place for local people to walk and cycle and to escape to, so we’re doing all we can to get it fixed and reopened as quickly as possible.

“As a charity, I’d like to thank all those who came out and volunteered earlier this month to help clear all the litter and debris from the canal. Volunteers give up their own time to make the canals such wonderful places and their support is invaluable.”

The trust hopes to complete the repairs by mid-August.

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