Work restarts at Weymoor Bridge, Latton
After an 18-month pause, work to reconstruct Weymoor Bridge at Latton on the Thames & Severn Canal has restarted. A team from the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) supported by local volunteers started to build the bridge arch over the Easter weekend. 115 courses are required to complete the arch which is 1.5 bricks thick, or equivalent to 3 ‘rings’, except the bricks are laid in a different pattern which will allow the bridge to take maximum road weight vehicles (ie. 44 tonnes).
The arch is being constructed over a wooden former supported by a substantial steel frame which will be removed when the arch is complete and the cement has fully hardened.
A canopy has been erected over the site to allow work to continue in unfavourable weather. (Photos taken 02/04/2016)
Dredging Starts at Wallbridge Pound
Dredging has now started in the pound above Wallbridge Upper Lock. This is an area where there has previously been a landslip, so part of the works involve stabilising the offside bank. (Photos taken 23 & 25/03/2016).
More photos on the Wallbridge Pound page.
Lodgemore Bridge Open to Traffic
The new lift bridge at Lodgemore Lane in Stroud opened to traffic on Friday January 15. The bridge has since had its hydraulic equipment fitted, but is not yet operational as the traffic barriers have yet to be installed. The remaining work is expected to be competed within a few weeks.
The bridge will be manually operated (hand-pumped) by means of a lever in the console alongside the towpath - see last photo (Photos taken 14/02/2016).
More information and photos on the Lodgemore Bridge page.