These pages shows how the canal has been restored between Failsworth and Manchester. This has involved excavating long sections that had been shallowed, constructing footbridges and restoring locks. The shallowed areas had previously been partly in-filled and given a coincrete base across the width of the canal, giving a depth of only a few inches of water.
Lock 68, Tannerfield Lower Lock, looking east. The smart gates have come from Callis Mill. In the background are the bridge works at Poplar Street, Failsworth.
Lock 68, looking west. The paddle gear has been removed as it had been attracting the attention of vandals. The pound below the lock is in water but overgrown.
May 2002: Between Tannerfield Locks and Newton Heath, the last section of shallowed channel is currently being excavated.
May 2002: In the same area, a steel footbridge replaces the foot crossing at towpath level.
May 2002: A closer look at the footbridge, standing on concrete block foundations.
July 2002: The canal under the footbridge in use.
Next page: Newton Heath