Pilling Lane Canal Bridge – The big job starts

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Following a long campaign by canal users, walkers, Lydiate Parish Council and even the odd nudge from me the Canal and River Trust has started the repair work to and around the Pilling Lane Canal Bridge in Lydiate.

The first two shots above show the road closed to vehicles but, subject to safety, the contractors are trying to keep it open for pedestrians as often as possible. Mersey Motor Boat Club is just off the pictures to the right i.e. on the Lancashire side of the works.

Lydiate Parish Cllrs. Dave Russell and Edie Pope discuss repair works with the construction manager.

Lydiate Parish Cllrs. Dave Russell and Edie Pope discuss repair works with the construction manager.

Temporary dams are being built either side of the bridge. When complete the water will be pumped out to allow further repair work.

Temporary dams are being built either side of the bridge. When complete the water will be pumped out to allow further repair work.

The works, I am told are likely to last for some months with the bridge being closed to road traffic until April. Boats are clearly unable to pass under the bridge so any on the Maghull/Liverpool side of it are stuck in it for quite a while.

Without the works the bridge would have become unsafe.

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