£5.5m facelift for Bridgewater Canal in Salford

Bridgewater Canal The work will start early next year and is expected to be finished in summer 2016

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A five-mile stretch of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford is to be regenerated as part of a £5.5m scheme.

The city council has been awarded £3.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in addition to private and public funding to improve the canal between Boothstown and Barton.

Plans include lighting Barton Aqueduct and re-opening Worsley Delph.

The canal opened in 1761 and was built to transport coal from mines at Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester.

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, Sara Hilton, said: "The Bridgewater Canal is of immense local and international importance due to its pivotal role at the start of the industrial revolution."

She said the grant would "fund extensive restoration plans, including conserving and revealing the canals heritage features".

The canal attracts over 270,000 visitors each year Salford City Council said.

The work will start early next year and is expected to be finished in summer 2016.

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