Tue 14th May to Wed 10th Jul 2002
The railway bridge to the Lancaster Canal.
Tue 18th Jun 2002: The main section of the suspended walk-way beneath the arch of the railway bridge was installed over the weekend 15th/16th June. It will provide pedestrian access through to the crossing at Tom Benson Way.
Fri 24th May 2002: Looking over the turning basin from the tail of lock 3 at the bottom of the three-rise. The water is now at operational level. From left to right are: the mill-race weir, piling around an existing septic tank, the Savick Brook weir, the path to Cottam lane, the path up to the pedestrian crossing at Tom Benson Way and the landing stage. (Photo by Cliff Fazackerley)
Wed 10th Jul 2002: The the footbridge from lock 3 to Tom Benson Way is in place and the excavator is working to complete the path foundations. At the top of the three-rise staircase Thompson Dagnall is working, from an elevated platform, on the wooden statue alongside lock 1.
The temporary dam, to keep water out of the lock chamber, has now been removed from across the tail of lock 3.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: A close-up view of the footbridge from lock 3 to Tom Benson Way.
Tue 18th Jun 2002: Concrete block pavers are being laid to provide good footholds under the balance beams of the lock gates of three-rise staircase.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking down from above the spillway of lock 2.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Thompson Dagnall working, from an elevated platform, on the wooden statue alongside lock 1.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking north across the upper mooring basin towards the junction bridge with the Lancaster Canal beyond. The British Waterways workboat has sailed in through the newly made junction.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking northeast across the upper mooring basin where the water is now at Lancaster Canal level. The landscaped areas are now showing green as the grass comes through.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking south-west over the upper mooring basin towards the top of the three-rise staircase from the northern end of the junction bridge. The basin was filled with water by pumping from the Lancaster Canal and the leakage found to be minimal.The entrance to lock 1 is at the top left corner of the basin. The sloping bank on the right is covered with hexagonal bank protection "tiles" made from recycled plastic.
The British Waterways work boat moored in the basin will be used to test the operation of the locks.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking west across the upper mooring basin from the path leading up to the junction bridge. The landscaped areas are now showing green as the grass comes through.
Tue 14th May 2002: The sloping north-western side of the basin has been covered with interlocking hexagonal bank protection tiles made from a recycled plastic material.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: The concrete piers of the junction bridge have been faced with red and blue Accrington brick and the wooden railings are in place at each approach.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking west, from bridge 16, across the new junction with the Lancaster Canal. The new bridge is in place across the junction and, at last, the Lancaster Canal is connected to the rest of the system via the Rivers Ribble and Douglas.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Another view of the junction bridge from the Lancaster Canal side.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: The new junction, looking along the main line towards Lancaster.
Wed 10th Jul 2002: Looking along the Lancaster Canal towards Preston where moorings have almost been completed on the towpath adjacent to the University of Central Lancashire sports ground. Fendering will be fitted on the bolts protruding from the concrete.
This was part of the agreement which allowed the three-rise staircase to be built on land owned by the university east of Tom Benson Way. Bridge 17 is in the background.
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Last Revised: Thu 11th July 2002
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