Work starts on Lancaster's Lune Aqueduct

The Lune Aqueduct in Lancaster The Lune Aqueduct was designed by John Rennie

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A £2.5m restoration project is under way on a historic Lancashire landmark.

The work on Lancaster's Lune Aqueduct has been given the go-ahead after a successful lottery bid for £1m.

Work is already underway on the 18th Century aqueduct which was recently targeted by vandals and thieves who stole eight stone balustrades.

Steve Higham, from British Waterways, said the investment would preserve the Grade I-listed structure designed by John Rennie and attract more visitors.

British Waterways matched the heritage lottery funding with further contributions from Lancashire County Council and Lancaster City Council bringing the total to £2.5m.

Mr Higham, the regeneration manager, said: "We're doing works to protect the long-term integrity of the aqueduct, primarily dealing with leaks it has suffered from at the north end.

"We also want to open up the structure which will promote it and raise its profile and hopefully in turn increase visitor numbers."

The project will take two years to complete but British Waterways said it will not affect canal users as it will be carried out in the winter stoppage.

"We will be doing the work when the canal is closed between October and March and the towpath will remain open," said Mr Higham.

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