Repairs to the landslide damaged Grade II listed Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal are set to start after the project secured a £1.3M Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The structure, which was built in 1819, was badly damaged during storms Desmond and Eva in December 2015.
Reports following the incident said that the “foundations have been scoured away causing the spandrel wall to fail.”
The washed out material put the bank in danger of collapse following the storm and work was undertaken by Kier to stabilise the slopes and the canal was dammed to allow the section to be drained.
The grant will also be used to develop other key sites along the Lancaster Canal, such as Hincaster Tunnel and Sedgewick Aqueduct, and promote new leisure, educational and volunteering opportunities along the waterway. The total cost of the restoration, interpretation and community projects is £2.2M.
The Heritage Lottery Fund is being supplemented by £500,000 of funding from the Rural Development Programme for England’s Cumbria Countryside Access Fund, £140,000 from South Lakeland District Council and smaller grants from Cumbria County Council and Kendal Town Council. The Canal and Rivers Trust has provided £200,000 of match funding.
“The Lancaster Canal celebrates its bicentenary in 2019 so this is a perfect time to work with the Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership to help realise our joint aspirations for wider heritage and regeneration activity,” said Canal and Rivers Trust waterway manager Stephen Higham.”Securing the future of the 200-year-old aqueduct is vitally important for the future prosperity of the Lancaster Canal and we are delighted the lottery grant means we can now get on with the essential restoration and repair work.”
Work on the repairs are set to start next week and will take nine months to complete.