Work to repair city canal path begins after wall falls into water

Claw vehicle using grabber on brickwork which has fallen down on Nottingham & Beeston Canal in Nottingham City Centre, with the Navigation pub in the background
A grabber vehicle is in position to pick up the pieces from the fallen wall -Credit:Canal & River Trust

Walkers, joggers and cyclists in the city will be glad to hear that quick repair work is taking place to fix a fallen section of wall on the Nottingham & Beeston Canal. The ten-metre stretch of brickwork, near Canal Wharf in the city centre, recently collapsed and has led to water encroaching on the towpath.

The failure is causing the towpath to slope down towards the canal and the repair work will involve metal sheets being installed along the wall to strengthen it before the path is reinstated to its correct level. Work started on Monday, April 29, and is expected to last for around four weeks.

Nottingham City Council is paying for the repairs with money from the Government's Transforming Cities fund. The Canal & River Trust, a national charity, is continuing efforts in Nottingham to protect the city's historic waterways and ensure they are open, safe and welcoming.

Linny Beaumont, regional director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “The canal is a much-loved route into the city with people taking the opportunity to enjoy relaxing time by water as they make their way to work, university and the shops, so it’s important that we carry out these works.

“Our historic waterways need constant care and, as a charity, our expert teams and dedicated volunteers are working all year round to keep our canals alive. We’re really grateful that funding has been secured for this project, enabling us to make sure the canal is safe, accessible and protected for future generations.”