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I’ve just been reading about the Derby and Sandacre Canal trust on the BBC news site.

 

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I’m amazed to read about projects like this. Not only do they want to restore the canal which is currently filled in but create new innovative infrastructure. Surely evidence our canal system is not condemned to continual decline and abandonment because of a government stitch up with CaRT funding. Is there a chance the new government will find a better way? Projects like this mix our heritage with a vision of the future. More of this and any government should be persuaded?

 

“The trust is proposing to build a huge electro-mechanical structure close to Pride Park that would lift boats out of the restored canal and place them down into the river”.


https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/ceqqz0p10q6o

 

 

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As with all these alternatives to locks,  getting them built is the  easier part.  People like the lottery have capital and can be persuaded  to commit to building things.   The really hard part is maintaining them..  "Huge electromechanical structure"  means  huge financial burden.  Where will that money come from?  It would be a safe bet that CRT won't take it on without a continuing and guaranteed funding stream 

 

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It looks like a bit like a trebuchet. 

 

Is it a thrill ride? A travel hoist on rails would be cheaper. 

It seems an enormous structure just to move a narrow Boat. 

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I admired this bit of BBC journo gold:

 

The boat's propulsion is powered by electricity, similar to an electric car.

 

Ah, electricity! Never fully understood what that was until it was explained so succinctly.

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5 hours ago, magnetman said:

It looks like a bit like a trebuchet. 

 

Is it a thrill ride? A travel hoist on rails would be cheaper. 

It seems an enormous structure just to move a narrow Boat. 

 

The original plan for this was to lift boats across the river - there was a problem to solve as the EA wanted the proposed aqueduct to be above a certain level, and this mean locking up at each end. The idea of the swing was that it would lift boats over the river at a level clear of any floods, where as an aqueduct would potentially obstruct flood levels. 

 

The issues around the proposed aqueduct were resolved but the concept lift was then applied to a link down to the river which, when improved, would link the canal to the city centre. 

 

There is a pedestrian footbridge in Derby city centre that swings - not for boats but to get it out of the way of flood waters - high water on the Derwent is a serious issue. 

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