Historic aqueduct restoration complete

A £450,000 project to restore the historic railway aqueduct at Leawood has been completed and officially opened this week.

Members of Derbyshire County Council and the Friends of Cromford Canal met on Monday at the Victorian structure to celebrate the completion of the work, which was started in the summer.

The aqueduct carries the Cromford Canal over the railway near to High Peak Junction, and is the only surviving example of a suspension  girder bridge in the country.

Repairs were carried out to the cast iron straps that held the structure together, the metal trough has been cleaned and painted with a protective paint system and the old timber towpath has been replaced with a new freestanding steel towpath.

The project had to be approved by English Heritage, after Derbyshire County Council announced they would provide the funding.

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