About Anderton Boat Lift
Anderton Boat Lift, Cheshire’s historic ‘Cathedral of the Canals’ near Northwich, needs urgent work to prevent it from falling into disrepair and facing possible closure.
The unique 150-year-old structure was the world’s first major commercial boat lift and now requires an upgrade to enable the ageing machinery to continue transporting around 3,000 boats a year between the Trent & Mersey Canal and the River Weaver Navigation some 50 feet below. Without the lift, boaters would be forced to make long detours.
In addition to the work required to preserve and protect the iconic structure, there is also a proposal for upgrades to the visitor centre, amenities, and grounds surrounding the boat lift, as well as plans to construct a contemporary education and events space and the development of new learning, skills, and outreach programmes.