Before Construction Started


A virtual flight up the route.

These photographs were taken, in a generally eastern direction, for British Waterways in early 2001 and show the route of the Link before work started. Because the sun is low in the sky the shadows emphasise features of the land surface.

The next page contains a similar set of photographs showing the partly completed navigation.


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The confluence of the Savick Brook and the Ribble at high tide. The Ribble is at the bottom, Lea Marsh is to the top right, Lancashire County Council waste tip is to the left of the photograph.
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This view is looking north towards Blackpool Road at high tide. Lock one will be in the channel between the bend at the top of the photograph and the end of the hedge leading from the farm buildings.
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This view is looking north-west across Blackpool Road at high tide. Lock one will be in the channel in the centre of this view.

The Savick Brook meanders past the BNFL pumping station and flows around the back of the Lea Gate Hotel, between the Deepdale brook out-fall & the brightly coloured reed bed and then under Blackpool Road bridge before swinging east and then south to its confluence with the Ribble.


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Looking east, another view of the brook where it meanders past the BNFL pumping station, the Lea Gate Hotel and a large reed bed before flowing under Blackpool Road bridge. The Deepdale brook flows in just up-stream of the sharp bend opposite the reed bed at the bottom right.

The site of lock two is in the field between the two electricity pylons. The derelict first farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges running from the upper left corner to the brook. Although there is no sign of it from this height much rubbish is deposited in this area by high tides. The structures in the centre are the BNFL pumping station where two pipes cross the brook. The Lea Gate Hotel and Blackpool Road are at the right hand side.


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This view shows almost all of the route between lock two and lock three which is just off the top right corner of the photograph.

The site of lock two is in the field between the brook and the electricity pylon at the bottom of this photograph. The derelict farm bridge is at the end of the straight lane flanked by hedges at the lower left-hand side. The second farm access bridge, which will be replaced, is just below the centre of the view at the end of the track running down from Blackpool Road which is in the bottom right corner.

Lock two-A will be constructed across the meander in the top corner of the ploughed field. The golf course footbridge is at the end of the line of trees leading from the Lea housing estate and the golf course access bridge, which will also be replaced, is in the top right corner.


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This view shows almost all of the route between the Darkinson Lane sewer crossing and lock four which is just off the top right corner of the photograph.

Lock two-A will be constructed across the meander in the top corner of the ploughed field. The golf course footbridge is at the end of the line of trees leading from the north-western corner of the Lea housing estate and the golf course access bridge crosses the brook at the end of the lane at the far side of the BNFL sports ground.

Lock three will be built in the first bend in the brook to the east of the golf course access bridge. This is the only lock to be built 'in the wet' and a new by-wash channel will be cut on the northern side. The site of lock four is in the light-brown coloured area beyond Lea Road which runs across the top of the photograph.


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This view shows the route between the BNFL sports ground and lock five which will be built across the meander in the top right corner.

Old meanders can be clearly seen in the field between the golf course access bridge and Lea Road. The site of lock four is in the triangular, light-brown coloured area beyond Lea Road. The tight S-bends and Savick Way can be seen above the white buildings of Savick County Primary School. Beyond Savick Way a straightish section leads to the site of lock five where the present meanders will become the by-wash channel of the lock.

The Lancaster Canal can be seen in the upper left between the Savick Estate and the University of Central Lancashire Sports Ground.


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The final view shows the route between lock four and the Lancaster Canal. The white buildings of Savick County Primary School are in the lower part of the photograph while the red roofs of Ashton High School are to the right.

Beyond lock five a new cut will take the channel to the railway and Tom Benson Way bridges. At the other side a turning basin will be excavated to enable boats to turn at the bottom of the three-rise staircase locks. These will be constructed along the line of the new access road which can be seen in the field alongside Tom Benson Way. A mooring basin will be excavated in the field, between the top lock and the Lancaster Canal, just below the estate of white houses.


Send questions and comments to RLT@aaug.net

Last Revised: Tue 5th March 2002

Copyright © 1998-2002 by John Clegg, the Ribble Link Trust Ltd. and British Waterways.


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