IWA Responds to CRT’s Proposal to Install Railings on Marple Aqueduct28 January 2015
IWA has recently responded to Canal & River Trust’s Manchester & Pennine Waterway’s consultation on a proposal to install railings along the offside parapet of Marple Aqueduct as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Revealing Oldknow’s Legacy project.
IWA is opposed to the installation of railings on the offside of Marple Aqueduct for the following reasons:
- Railings may encourage trespass into an area that would otherwise be considered out of bounds.
- The aqueduct is a Grade 1 Listed structure and Scheduled Ancient Monument and there is no historic evidence that it ever had railings.
- The national implications of these proposals, in particular the precedent this would set for other similar aqueducts on the canal network.
IWA’s response also raised a number of points relating to the new safety hazard that would be created by installation of railings, and whether safety concerns could be better dealt with by improved signage such as that in use at Chirk Aqueduct.
Download and read IWA’s full response (PDF, 526KB).
Photo: Marple Aqueduct (photo by Tony Kozary)