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Middlewich canal embankment collapse repairs completed

The Canal and Rivers Trust has said that work to repair a major embankment collapse in a 200 year old section of the Shropshire Union Canal on the Middlewich branch in Cheshire has been completed.

The £3M repair scheme, which was undertaken by Kier and CPC Civils, has allowed the canal to fully reopen for the first time since the section of embankment collapsed in March 2018.

More than 4,000t of material was used to rebuild the 12m high embankment before new concrete canal walls with a PVC lining membrane and concrete protection slab were constructed.

Canal and Rivers Trust senior project manager Andy Johnson said: “We’ve been working hard on site to repair the canal as quickly as we could. We faced some complex challenges like removing stranded boats and access along the canal bed to reach the breach but we’re pleased that we can now re-open the canal.”

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