Millennium Mark A MILLENNIUM PROJECT Supported by funds from the National Lottery
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Facts and Figures about the Ribble Link

Funding

Predicted cost £5.4M

Funded by:

  1. Millennium Commission 50%
  2. Donations 50%

Projected Dates

Official launch of the project: 27th November 2000
First sod cut: 5th December 2000
Construction Started: Thu 8th February 2001
Opening date: 12th July 2002
Official Opening Ceremony: 20th September 2002

Dimensions

Length 5.3 Km - 3.3 Miles
Width 10 m - 33 feet
Depth 1.2 m - 4 feet

Statistics

Number of locks: 9
New bridges: 7
Existing bridges: 5

Flood Control

The navigation is designed to accomodate a 1 in 50 year flood by means of flood control banks and bypass channels.

Distances

From the Ribble Link Navigation to:
  1. The northern terminus of the Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield 67.0 Km - 41.6 Miles.
  2. Preston Marina 3.9 Km - 2.4 Miles.
  3. The Leeds & Liverpool Canal (Rufford Branch) 9.7 Km - 6 Miles.
Along the Ribble Link Navigation:
Feature Distance (m)
Start of Navigation 0
Lock 1, pound at 2.7m a.o.d. 70
Savick Bridge (Blackpool Road) 320
Pipe 750
Lock 2, rise 1.8m 1280
Farm Bridge 1360
Lock 2a, rise 1.8m 1960
Golf Club Footbridge 2100
Golf Club Access Bridge 2670
Lock 3, rise 1.5m 2760
Leyland Bridge (Lea Road) 3120
Lock 4, rise 1.5m 3260
Savick Way Bridge 3700
Lock 5, rise 2.9 4130
Railway Bridge 4240
Tom Benson Way Bridge 4280
Lock 6, rise 3.0m 4340
Lock 7, rise 3.0m 4360
Lock 8, rise 3.0m 4390
Basin Bridge 4480
Lancaster Canal 4513

Locks

Length: 22 m - 72 feet
Width: 4.27 m - 14 feet 3 inches
Draught: 1.2 m - 4 feet
Air Draught: 2.44 m - 8 feet
Level on the Lancaster Canal: 20.8 m - 68 feet above ordnance datum.
Level at lock 1: 2.7 m - 9 feet above ordnance datum.
Drop in water level: 18.1 m - 59 feet

Note that the locks on the Rufford Branch are shorter, at only 62 feet, than those on the rest of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.


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