Bridgewater Canal - Runcorn Locks
The Mersey Gateway crossing at Runcorn, now completed, involved the removal of the existing bridge slip road, a major obstacle to restoration of the infilled flight of locks. The line is intact but currently landscaped, so the project will require major funding to restore the link. The Runcorn Locks Restoration Society continues to receive practical support from Halton Borough Council. A major initiative has been the launch of the Unlock Runcorn campaign website where everyone can show their support by simply registering at unlockruncorn.org. There are updates, a leaflet to download and a video from Foxes Afloat, explaining the proposed plan and showing the route of the canal. This will not just be a lock restoration project; it is intended to incorporate a boat-lift and an inclined plane, as well as a traditional staircase lock into the link.