The original end of the canal at Stanley Dock in the north docks Icarus Photographic Services
Over the water
British Waterways and lead contractor Balfour Beatty are entering the final stages of work on the £20m, 1.4-mile extension to the Leeds-Liverpool canal.
Once finished, for the first time in over a century canal boats will be able to navigate the canal from its traditional conclusion at Stanley Dock straight into Pier Head and the heart of Liverpool.
British Waterways anticipates 4,500 boats will use the waterfront canal each year - that's one in six of the 27,000 boats on inland waterways in the UK. Commercial ships will also be able to navigate through the terminus at Stanley Dock and towards the Pier Head.
The public realm work at the Pier Head is due to be finished in June with the canal open in the autumn.
I can't see that being completed by the end of this month.
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Progress on the canal link from the Princes to the Waterloo Docks. As you can see they have removed the new bridge that spanned the Princes Dock
plus they are removing a lot of sets that led up to the bridge which have only been down a few years.
More old brick and stonework has been revealed.
Hope It's nice when It's done.
Want to photograph the canal from Burscough.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
IT HAS been a building site for more than a year and a massive engineering project. But come next spring, work on a multi-million pound revamp of Liverpool’s Pier Head to create a new canal link will have transformed the area into a visitor destination of international quality. Read
Next spring, well that sucks.
Gididi Gididi Goo.
Three tonnes of steel are missing link’s final piece
Aug 15 2008
by Richard Down, Liverpool Daily Post
STEEL gates weighing three tonnes each were lowered into a new £20m canal network around the Three Graces yesterday.
The massive flood gates at Mann Island are at the centre of British Waterways’ creation of the new Liverpool Canal Link.
For Charlie Wilsoncroft, senior project engineer at British Waterways, they herald a new future for Liverpool’s Pier Head.
For the first time in over a century, canal boats will be able to navigate the current 127-mile Leeds & Liverpool Canal straight into the heart of Liverpool.
Built by local engineering company Twinbridge, of Burscough, and fitted with paddles and winding gear by Stanley Ferry Workshop, of British Waterways, these doorways beckon a new future for Liverpool.
The separate lock gates have already been installed, and the first boats will pass through early next spring.
Mr Wilsoncroft said: “This whole area is going to be one of the top public realm spaces in the UK. When you look at the buildings around here, you’re looking at a World Heritage Site, so there are limits on what we can do and it’s important to match what’s already here.”
At five metres high, the flood gates are substantial bastions against the tides and floods, but were slotted into position to protect the lock yesterday like children’s toys.
A handsaw will be used to help gel the gates together.
Granite cladding will reach from the pavement down to water level, and ambient lights have been built into the structure.
A complex arrangement of paving has reworked the public space into a multi-level area where people can meet and relax.
Back down at canal level, Mr Wilsoncroft has had to come up with new solutions to ancient problems.
He said: “The Canning Dock wall is the oldest wall in the entire Liverpool dock, and is listed, so we’ve got a real task to make a sensitive transition.”
Several feet of solid earth lie at the head of the new canal structure, which will have to be broken through in the next few weeks to join the new canal to the rest of the system.
A large domed structure will jut into the dock.
“It’s artwork and a job for stone masons. The stone wall is a couple of hundred years old and being sandstone is friable, losing its strength,” the engineer explained.
“We want to be able to reuse as much of the original stone as possible, but there is a certain amount we’ll have to get rid of.”
Once the locks are flooded, it will be the final part of a new 11-mile stretch of canal opened up to the public.
Countryside Neptune LLP are now delivering the final part of the Canal Link project as part of their mixed use development, which comprises 376 apartments together with leisure, retail and commercial space set within high quality public realm.
Funding has been secured from the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Merseyside Objective One programme, English Partnerships, Peel Holdings and British Waterways.
Source: Liverpool Daily Post
Top pic is the excavation of an old road in Waterloo dock for the new canal link.
The other is a new road bridge over the link to replace the old road,and it looks like the train at the top of the road could be my train home
This is one of the things im looking forward too, this will be brilliant and worth the wait.
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This is how it was looking yesterday when the QE2 was in for the last time.
That bend looks a bit tight for the Longboats though!
I think you mean narrowboats - unless we're expecting Viking invaders!
now there's a thought The canal does go through Kirkdale
Still looks a bit bendy even for a Narrowboat, maybe or should i say "hopefully" it will be ok. Can't see them making such a big gaff but......
I wonder why it bends at all, unless it's for aesthetics.
Of course the Leeds and Liverpool canal was not built for the 70ft narrowboat of the midlands canals, but for the Leeds Shortboats, which were 56ft long and 14ft wide.
One of those would certainly make a mess of some of the plastic toys that some people sail on the canals these days.
I say, could you picture the longboats getting stuck on that bend and some of the helmets with the long horns getting stuck in the tunnels? Gosh that would be a sight. I think the Scousers would win that battle right off. ha ha
I think the the south side of the canal will be opening soon. They are erecting new barriers towards the river, suggesting they will be opening up the completed spaces.
Oct 27 2008 by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo
THE first phase of an ?8m scheme to revamp Liverpool?s World Heritage waterfront will be officially opened this week.
The Pier Head has been closed since December 2006.
From tomorrow, access will be reopened along new paved and landscaped areas in front of the Three Graces.
Two basins on the Leeds-Liverpool canal link to the Albert Dock will be filled with water.
It means for the first time in more than a century boats will be able to navigate the 127-mile canal into the heart of the city, although they will not be able to travel along the stretch of water until early in 2009.
SS Arandora Star Plaque. I hadn't seen this plaque before.