Cromford Canal repairs

Work on an historic aqueduct which carries the Cromford Canal over the Derby to Matlock railway line will start on July 11 and will finish in November and as a result the towpath will be closed.

The existing towpath will be removed and replaced with a new steel path and the route over the railway will be closed during this time.

Signs will be in place to direct walkers and cyclists over the railway using an alternative route.

The 163-year-old aqueduct is a scheduled monument and is thought to be the only surviving example of a suspension girder bridge left in the country. Repairs are needed to address the corrosion and concerns about its long term stability.

The aqueduct’s status as a scheduled monument means the county council has a duty to maintain it and all repairs must be approved by English Heritage.

Chris Sabian is an artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and co-owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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