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Leeds & Liverpool Burnley closure overruns to mid-June

The all-winter works to repair the Finsley Gate embankment and reopen the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Burnley have been delayed again, until mid-June at the earliest.

CRT says it is working 12-hour days to finish the job. The work began on 12th November last year and was expected to take until mid-March. It involved removing over 1,200 tonnes of silt – almost double the amount originally estimated – before CRT could even start relining the canal bed, and the work then overran to early May.

It then found the existing towpath was unstable and needed to be rebuilt. The canal wall was also in a worse condition than thought, creating further headaches.

The project has now cost over £1.7m but CRT hopes to reopen on 18th June.

CRT has met serious difficulties in repairing the Finsley embankment. Photo: CRT

Tuesday 21 May  | Andrew Denny  | 4.14pm, Tuesday 21 May 2019

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