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Preston City Link Canal Trust (Defunct)

Posted by Mike Valiant (mike) on 20th June, 2008
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The Preston City Link Canal Trust was formed in 2003, the aim being to restore the filled in section of the Lancaster Canal from its present terminus in Ashton, Preston to a proposed new marina in the Maudland area, near to the University of Central Lancashire.  A further aim was to restore part of the disused Preston to Longridge Rail Line which would pass over the marina by a viaduct, and continue as far as Gamull Lane to connect with Park and Ride facilities.

British Waterways, on behalf of Preston City Council and their Riverworks Projects, carried out a pre-feasibility study. This initial study and survey indicated that the proposals were viable.

With funding from "Awards for All" the Trust was able to hold a very successful two week public exhibition at the Preston Minster. This was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston City Council, Councillor and Mrs Bill Tyson and showed the history of the Lancaster Canal and its exciting possibilities for the future as a linear park.

Models of the new aqueduct, over Aqueduct Street, and the marina were on display together with a virtual reality presentation of the proposed route from Ashton to the marina.

This project would have provided an educational and tourist attraction, leisure facilities, employment, integration of local transport systems and brought an eyesore derelict site back into use.

Old Bridge

The photographs show the site in its present condition and a model of the new marina with the railway line crossing over the basin.

Unfortunately, after a long illness, the founder and Chairman of the Preston City Link Canal Trust, Colin Barnes, died in 2012. Due to the demise of the Preston City Council’s Riverworks project, of which the canal restoration was an integral part, and the inability to attract a new Chairman it was not possible for the Preston City Link Canal Trust to continue.

The Lancaster Canal Trust has, therefore, agreed to take over the balance of the bank account and remaining chattels together with many interesting documents which have been incorporated into the Trust’s archives.

The Lancaster Canal Trustwould like to thank Christine Barnes for this donation.

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