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News article created on 20 January 2014

Vandalised Brecon aqueduct repaired

A Grade II listed aqueduct on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in Pontymoile has been repaired, after vandals caused thousands of pounds of damage by hurling its 200-year old stone masonry onto the banks of the Afon Lwyd below.

We've invested £45,000 in the project and also restored 19th century railings on either side of the aqueduct. Our engineers took the opportunity to repair the long term damage caused by growing ivy and tree roots.

David Viner, heritage advisor at Glandŵr Cymru (The Canal & River Trust in Wales), said: “We’re really pleased to get these repairs done. The damage appeared quite blatant. We suspect some larrikins hurled sections of the masonry onto the banks below, and quite a bit was carried off down the river. It just shows how much this sort of stupidity can end up costing.

“Because of the age of the aqueduct, and the Grade II listed status, it was specialist work. The location, effectively suspended above the river, also meant that quite a lot of effort had to go into getting the engineers in a safe position to do the job. The aqueduct is a very important piece of Welsh waterway heritage, so it’s great to see it back in top condition.”