Photos showing progress on the construction of the Liverpool Canal Link, May 2008. [Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4]
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These photos cover the route of the new canal link in sections, from south to north, from Canning Dock to Trafalgar Dock.
North of Princes Dock is Princes Half Tide Dock. Beyond that are West Waterloo Dock and East Waterloo Dock.
Looking north across Princes Half Tide Dock to West Waterloo Dock and the channel to Trafalgar and Salisbury Docks, with the Victoria Tower in the distance.
Looking south along West Waterloo Dock from the new channel to Trafalgar Dock.
A new bridge has been built across the channel at the northern end of West Waterloo Dock to provide access to the area between the canal link and the river bank.
The new channel that links the northern end of West Waterloo Dock with Trafalgar Dock and Salisbury Dock.
The new channel continues along the eastern side of the previously infilled Trafalgar Dock. The former dock wall forms the right hand side of the channel. At the far end, the channel connects with Clarence Dock and Salisbury Dock. At Salisbury Dock, opposite the Victoria clock tower, boats will turn right into Collingwood Dock to reach Stanley Dock and the locks up to the main line of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The wind turbines in the photo are recent additions to the northern docks.
Beyond Salisbury Dock, to the north of Nelson Dock, an isolator dam has been constructed, blocking off access to Bramley-Moore Dock and the rest of the northern docks.
It is seen here with Bramley-Moore Dock in the background. Below the water are valve inlets that will control the flow of water between the northern and central docks. Before the Canal Link was constructed, boats wishing to travel between the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the Mersey Estuary had to travel through the northern docks and Langston Lock.