Plenty of water—but what of the swing bridges...

Published: Friday, 23 July 2021

THE Canal & River Trust told of enough water for the season on the L&L but what about the swing bridges?

It was boasting, after the heavy rainfall, that it had enough reservoir capacity to keep the Leeds & Liverpool Canal open for the season, Keith Gudgin reports.

Out of action

But there was no mention of the ever breaking swing bridges closing the waterway time after time, and now it's New Lane Swing Bridge (31) at Burscough that is out of action.

We are told that the contractors have been informed and are on their way 'with the hope' of carrying out a temporary repair.

But another proviso—'providing they have the necessary parts'!


The contractors had the necessary parts and temporarily repaired the swing bridge with the navigation now open.