Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Swindon canal taking shape
The Wilts & Berks Canal in Swindon, that is now navigable from Kings Hill to the new Swindon expansion area of Whichelstowe, will soon link up with a brand new stretch of canal, with a new lock, that will increase the length of this canal section that is in water to more than 4km.


Speaking at the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust AGM at East Challow yesterday Wiltshire Council Canals Officer, Ken Oliver, gave a report on work progress so far and of work on the new stretch of canal that will run alongside the M4 motorway towards the former Wilts & Berks Canal water supply reservoir at Coate Water on the eastern side of the town.


Wiltshire Council Canals Officer, Ken Oliver talks about the new canal work in Swindon.  Picture by Bob Naylor
Ken said, "The capping stones on the new stretch of canal are in place now and it is being puddled at the moment — I am told that it will be filled with water in the next few weeks.
     "By the end of this year it will be landscaped and with the houses alongside it will look quite magnificent."
     He continued, "With the lock gates installed this will be the first operational lock of the restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal."
  
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