Stainton Aqueduct - Lancaster Canal

Notice Details
From Date:
23rd December 2015
To Date:
until further notice
Navigation Closure
Structure failure
Is Towpath Closed?
Notice updates:
13/01/2017 @ 14:12
26/04/2016 @ 07:47

Stabilisation works at Stainton Aqueduct are well underway and the site compound and access to the Aqueduct has been installed.  40 Tonnes of clay was brought to site to start installing the dam in the navigation.  Following installation, the temporary fabric dam will be removed and a fish rescue will be completed.

As the team start to remove the haul road, material will be placed in front of the failed wing wall to help secure it from collapsing further.

06/04/2016 @ 09:02

Works to mobilise the site commenced on 29 March 2016 and the teams are currently setting up the site, creating access to the failed Aqueduct and to the new dam location.   

The navigation and towpath will remain closed for the duration of the works, which are anticipated to complete on 13 May 2016.

The towpath over the Aqueduct and the footpath under the Aqueduct are both closed.  As Public Rights of Way, both pathways have diversions in place until the restoration works are completed.

14/03/2016 @ 09:26

Work will soon begin to stabilise Stainton Aqueduct on the “Northern Reaches” of the Lancaster Canal in Cumbria, after flooding over the Christmas period left the structure close to collapse.

Contractors working with the Canal & River Trust will begin to secure the aqueduct’s damaged wall that has caused its arch to crack. A more permanent dam to protect the canal pound will also be installed.

Costing over £250,000 works will take approximately 6 weeks to complete, and are part of a multi-million programme of emergency works needed as a result of the flooding. 

An update will be issued when works commence on site.

18/01/2016 @ 17:53

Following a meeting between the Trust’s Engineers and Framework Contractor late last week, it was clear that there is a significant amount of damage sustained to the aqueduct itself as well as the adjacent embankment. This has also shown deterioration since the initial incident. At the time of the meeting, the water flowing under the aqueduct is still very high and we are unable to access under the structure to fully assess the damage and decide how to repair it.

The first actions will be to install a more substantial dam system to the canal channel. This will allow us to access the structure, carry out the required surveys and be able to manage the area more safely. As part of these works it is proposed to carry out a fish movement from the isolated area. At present we are discussing and trying to finalise the logistics of this excercise with our Framework Contractor before starting the works. We aim to have this agreed over the next week and we will issue a further update when a start date has been confirmed.

Both the Public Rights of Way, one crossing the aqueduct and one under the aqueduct, have been closed for the foreseeable future. A suggested diversion has been advertised to allow people to by-pass the location.

11/01/2016 @ 15:30

Following the bad weather that this area of the country suffered over the last few weeks, Stainton Aqueduct has sustained significant damage.  To secure the canal and the water within it, a temporary dam has been installed. Over the coming weeks the team will be developing an action plan and a programme to repair the Aqueduct.   At the moment it is too early to be able to talk about the likely timescales for repair but we will confirm this as soon as possible.

An update will be issued on Monday 18 January 2016.   

04/01/2016 @ 13:42

Stainton Aqueduct has sustained some damage in the recent poor weather.  As a precautionary measure, we have closed off the towpath until further notice.  Investigations will commence this week and an update will be issued on Monday 11 January 2016. 


Stainton Aqueduct has sustained some damage in the recent poor weather.  As a precautionary measure, we have closed off the towpath until further notice.  An update will be issued on Monday 4 January 2016. 

Lancaster Canal
Starts At:
Bridge 170, Bridge End Bridge
Ends At:
Bridge 172, Stainton Crossing Bridge
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