Lichfield Canal Aqueduct

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Lichfield Canal Aqueduct
Lichfield Canal Aqueduct.jpg
The Lichfield Canal Aqueduct showing the open end section which will later join to the canal
Coordinates 52°39′19″N 1°54′06″W / 52.6552°N 1.9016°W / 52.6552; -1.9016Coordinates: 52°39′19″N 1°54′06″W / 52.6552°N 1.9016°W / 52.6552; -1.9016
OS grid reference SK067063
Carries Lichfield Canal
Crosses M6 Toll Motorway
Locale 2km NW of Brownhills
Characteristics
Total length ca. 46.8 metres (154 ft)
No. of spans Two
The Lichfield Canal Aqueduct viewed from the Northbound M6 Toll

The Lichfield Canal Aqueduct is a potentially navigable aqueduct built to carry the future Lichfield Canal[1] over the M6 Toll Motorway, just to the west of Lichfield and north of Birmingham, England.

The Lichfield Canal (originally part of the Wyrley and Essington Canal) is currently being restored. Restoration was threatened by the construction of the M6 Toll motorway around the north of Birmingham, which cut across the canal's route. Funds were raised to build an aqueduct to carry the canal over the motorway, with the aqueduct being installed on 15/16 August 2003,[2] but the canal has yet to reach it, giving it an odd appearance.[3]

In 2014/2015 Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust received a Social Investment Business (SIB) grant of £336,000 which will enable the Trust to buy land on either side of the aqueduct and carry out the necessary work to rebuild the canal to bring the aqueduct into use.[4]

In April 2015, Midland Expressway Limited donated £50,000 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust to honour an undertaking they made when the M6 Toll Motorway was built. The donation is a "substantial contribution" towards the cost of reinstating the Crane Brook Culvert which was removed when the motorway was built. [5]

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