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Canal Trust unveils plans for new Cranleigh bridge

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has revealed plans to restore a length of canal at Elmbridge in Cranleigh, Surrey, replacing the problematic give-way single lane bridge with a new and improved structure.

In conjunction with Surrey County Council, the Trust is proposing widening the single-lane stretch of Elmbridge Road to create a two-way road and footway. The road widening will include the building of a new canal bridge, allowing restoration of the Wey & Arun Canal beneath. Plans also include rejuvenating the existing footpath by widening and resurfacing.

The level of the canal will be lowered to pass through the new bridge without excessive raising of the road, requiring a new lock to be built towards the southern end of the restored length.

The proposals will be on display at a public consultation on Wednesday 16th October, at Cranleigh Village Hall from 1pm to 9pm. Detailed plans can be viewed and members of the Trust will be on hand to answer questions.

Outline details of the scheme can be seen here (the pdf will open in a new browser window)

Gill Davies
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • A new bridge at Elmbridge will enable the Trust to restore the canal there.