Preston City Link Canal Trust
|Posted by Merlin (Merlin) on 20th June, 2008|
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 is to restore part of the disused Preston to Longridge Rail Line which will 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 indicates that the proposals are viable.
With funding from Awards for All the Trust was able to hold, at the Preston Minster, a very successful two week public exhibition, opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston City Council, Councillor and Mrs Bill Tyson, showing 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 could provide an educational and tourist attraction, leisure facilities,employment, integration of local transport systems and bring an eyesore derelict site back into use.
The photographs show the site in its present condition and a model of the new marina with the railway line crossing over the basin.
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