Work Starts on Wey & Arun Canal Bridge15 June 2015
Wey & Arun Canal Trust has announcd that work has started to build a bridge that will enable part of the Wey & Arun Canal to be opened to boats for the first time in more than 150 years.
Contractors are carrying out preparatory earthworks for a new crossing of the Wey and Arun Canal in Compasses Lane, Alfold, at one of the entrances to Dunsfold Aerodrome. The bridge is replacing a wartime concrete causeway, which is now the only obstacle to navigation on one-and-a-quarter miles of the canal. The waterway has already been largely restored between Tickner’s Heath in Dunsfold and Fast Bridge on the A281 at Alfold.
Work on the bridge, which is expected to take about six months, is being done with the co-operation of aerodrome owners Dunsfold Park and local landowners. The Trust has so far raised £421,000 towards the cost of the project. Over next winter, Trust volunteers will prepare the site for the road to be realigned. Contractors will return to do this in spring 2016 and the canal section is expected to be officially opened in the autumn.
The new canal section will join more than three miles of fully operational canal at Loxwood in West Sussex, where the Trust has a visitor centre and around 10,000 people a year enjoy excursions on its boats.