Bridgewater Canal - Runcorn Locks
Runcorn Locks Restoration Society’s (Unlock Runcorn) plans to reconnect the Bridgewater and the Manchester Ship canals made a small but very significant step forward, through a funding application which, if successful, will install a new section of canal and mooring, build a small visitor centre with café and purchase a custom-built trip-boat.
RLRS chair Graham Wallace said, “This £3m is the first step on our reconnection journey and we hope this money will act as a catalyst to attract more funding to help us complete our project and regenerate Runcorn.”
The funding, which is being applied for from central government, is part of a bigger bid for Runcorn that Halton Council is putting together under the Town Improvement Plan.
Dave Thompson, deputy leader of Halton Council, said, “The council is proud of the ongoing commitment made by Unlock Runcorn in bringing forward the project. We look forward to working together with the society to achieve the agreed outcomes for the project. The commitment volunteers from RLRS have made has been outstanding and, through that hard work, we are on the cusp of seeing a new multimillion-pound scheme that will take the project a step further to completion. Well done, everyone.” If the application is successful, it could see the work start on The Link in 2023.