Downholland – Queueing for the swing bridge to open

Following the shocking vandalism to the electrical control box of Bridge 20 on the Leeds Liverpool Canal a few weeks back where Greens Lane/Eagar Lane cross it this was the scene one day recently:-

Interestingly the C&RT refer to the bridge as ‘Coxhead’ (see notice displayed by the bridge below), a name I’ve not heard before. I thought it’s local name was Rimmer’s Bridge. Can anyone with local knowledge clarify? I suppose it could be like Billy’s Bridge in Lydiate also being known as Lydiate Hill Bridge i.e. more than one local name?

Is there any update from Lancashire Police about the unprovoked attack on the bridge control box? – Not that a control box could provoke an attack of course!

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Downholland – Rimmer’s Bridge Damage Update

Following my posting of yesterday about the criminal damage to the bridge the latest news is that the bridge can be opened manually and it was today at 12 noon to let a large number of queuing boats through.

The top photo shows boats waiting to travel through to Liverpool, whilst the lower one is of boats waiting to travel north toward Scarisbrick marina etc.

My understanding is that the bridge will be manually opened each Monday and Friday. I’m not aware of the detail of the openings but I’m sure boat owners will be getting up to speed via the Canal and River Trust.

Melling – Leeds Liverpool Canal is open again into Liverpool after repairs completed

Leeds Liverpool Canal at Wango Lane Aintree Village yesterday. It’s back in water and boaters can again sail into Liverpool.

Good news our canal is back in business after a couple of months of being closed after it breached its banks in Melling. My previous posting refers and is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/06/13/melling-canal-breach-this-mornings-photos/

The canal from Melling to Liverpool was reopened 3 days ago at a cost, I’m told, of around £500,000 to repair the breach as detailed in my previous posting. Here’s a couple of photos of the repaired breach site:-

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Thanks to the Aintree & Maghull Champion Newspaper for using one of the photos above in it’s edition of 29th August 2018

Lydiate – Accessing (or not) the Leeds Liverpool Canal from Southport Rd/Lollies Bridge

Steps could be erected here but cost and land ownership issues will be factors.

It was recently suggested to me that there should be pedestrian access/steps down from Lollies Bridge on Southport Road to the Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path.

Presently the only access to the canal is on the opposite side to the tow path along a footpath that enables you to join the tow path at Lydiate Hill bridge (otherwise known as Billy’s Bridge), the next bridge north of Lollies Bridge.

The photo above is taken from the footpath which runs along the opposite bank to the tow path looking south towards Lollies Bridge and Southport Road. The problem being that to walk northwards along the canal is quite easy as you join the tow path at Lydiate Hill Bridge. However, if you want to walk southwards (towards Maghull) along the canal from Lollies Bridge you first have to walk north, along the parallel footpath, to Lydiate Hill Bridge then back again along the tow path. The only alternative is to join the tow path at Pilling Lane bridge which is the next bridge/access south of Lollies Bridge.

I raised this issue not so long ago at a Sefton Rights of Way Liaison Group meeting and was advised to contact a specific Sefton Council officer who holds regular meetings with the Canal & River Trust. This I have done with the help of the Clerk to Lydiate Parish Council. What will happen from here is presently unknown. Whether it is possible to build steps at Lollies Bridge I do not know. Clearly, land ownership and the cost of such works will be significant factors but the pebble has been thrown into the Canal & River Trust’s pond (or is that canal?) and we will see if progress is possible in due course.

Leeds Liverpool Canal Bicentenary Voyage – The last leg to Liverpool

Just after 7.30am today the flotilla (see previous postings over the past week) of 8 boats set sail for Liverpool. I caught up with lead barge Kennet at Bells Lane swing bridge in Lydiate:-

Kennet at Bells Lane

and then just a little further down the tow path towards Maghull I saw this narrow boat all decked out for the 200 year celebrations:-

Opposite 55

That’s about it for the 200 year celebrations of the completion of the Leeds Liverpool Canal folks, its been nice recalling how the slowest form of transport affected the communities of south and east Sefton.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

200 year commemoration voyage flotilla arrives in Lydiate

Tonight saw canal barge Kennet and its flotilla arrive in Sefton Borough to moor at Mersey Motor Boat Club in Pilling Lane, Lydiate. It’s on a voyage from Leeds to Liverpool to commemorate the full opening of the Leeds Liverpool Canal 200 years ago. My previous recent postings refer.

Kennet arrives at Mersey Motor Boat Club , Lydiate r

Tomorrow at 7.30am it will set sail on the last leg of its journey into Liverpool.

Fly Boat Ribble was also in the flotilla

Fly Boat Ribble was part of the foltilla r