Looking west towards the tail gate bridge of Lock 23E. A road serving factories alongside the canal is much busier than it had been when the canal was closed. The construction of an additional bridge at Old Bank was required to provide access to this road. The wall on the left will be a retaining wall for a ramp which will carry the road onto the bridge, which will be constructed in the right hand part of the picture.
The same area a few weeks weeks later. The box culvert sections for the bridge are in position and the new channel is being constructed up to the new bridge.
Looking west from Britannia Road bridge towards the completed new bridge at Old Bank along the new concrete channel which narrows to pass under the new bridge. A landing platform has been built on the right alongside Market Place. The bare concrete walls have been clad with stone. The towpath on the opposite side has been built up to rise to the height of the new bridge.
Looking back towards Market Place and Britannia Road from the lock tail bridge of Lock 23E, Old Bank, before the restoration of this section started. The flow of water in the canal was carried into a culvert pipe from here right through to the old Lock 21E beyand Platt Lane.
The road has been diverted while the new bridge is constructed.
The roadway has been re-routed up a new ramp and across the new bridge. The canal has been excavated and a new channel constructed, which is now in water.
Looking east from the lock tail bridge of Lock 23E. A temporary roadway had been built across the canal here while the bridge was been constructed. This has now been removed and the original channel has been linked to the new concrete channel through the town.
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