Campaigners believe new canal locks could regenerate Runcorn old town

Runcorn and Widnes World: Halton MP Derek Twigg joins Noel Hutchinson and campaigners at the site of the proposed new locks Halton MP Derek Twigg joins Noel Hutchinson and campaigners at the site of the proposed new locks

THE iconic £600 million Mersey Gateway could inadvertently turn Runcorn into a flourishing tourist attraction.

Feeder roads leading to the existing Silver Jubilee bridge blocked the top flight of Bridgewater Canal locks, leaving the town a dead end for boaters.

But, now as bridge traffic will be re-directed to the new crossing, slip roads will be dismantled, paving the way to restore the canal link.

Residents have launched an unlock Runcorn campaign to raise awareness and kickstart plans to fund the ambitious project, set to cost millions.

They plan to stage a ‘big dig’ in August to demonstrate their determination.

Campaigner Noel Hutchinson, aged 45, from The Heath, said:”We can ultimately unlock the potential of the old town, bring money in. Shopkeepers are behind it as we could regenerate the area.

“If successful, this would mean that a huge amount of tourists would suddenly start to pass through the old town with all the spin offs that can have for the community.

“The new route would be vastly attractive as it would create a second Cheshire ring, linking us to the Manchester Ship Canal, the Weaver Navigation, Anderton Boat Lift and Norton Priory.”

Halton MP Derek Twigg joined Runcorn Locks Restoration Society to walk along the route of the old canal.

He said: “This offers an opportunity to move the project forward but it will need the support of all the relevant bodies to help it to come to fruition.

“I have promised to work with campaigners and Halton Council.”

For more details, visit unlockruncorn.org.

 

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11:42am Wed 30 Apr 14

dong ding says...

Flock to runcorn old town and spend a pound in all the charity shops and have a fine meal from one of the hundreds of takeaways then sit and watch the freaks limp past. .......sounds like a fun filled day out for all the family
Flock to runcorn old town and spend a pound in all the charity shops and have a fine meal from one of the hundreds of takeaways then sit and watch the freaks limp past. .......sounds like a fun filled day out for all the family dong ding
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1:11pm Fri 2 May 14

GwladysGirl says...

At least they're trying to do something about it - maybe instead of criticizing you could get behind them and help to make your community an nicer place to be?
At least they're trying to do something about it - maybe instead of criticizing you could get behind them and help to make your community an nicer place to be? GwladysGirl
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