£250,000 investment boost for Peak Forest Canal

Bugsworth Basin is a popular tourist destination.
Bugsworth Basin is a popular tourist destination.

A £250,000 project to improve the water flow to the Peak Forest Canal is underway at Bugsworth Basin.

The Canal & River Trust is investing the cash to keep the canal operational for the thousands of visitors and residents who use the canal for boating and leisure purposes.

Work underway at the Black Brook feeder in Bugsworth.

Work underway at the Black Brook feeder in Bugsworth.

The work is expected to last 12 weeks and will involve installing new pipes from Black Brook river, which will increase the water flow to the canal.

Other work at the site will include re-building the 200-year-old canal wall in the middle arm of Bugsworth Basin.

The new feeder pipes will provide up to 3.5 million litres of water to the Peak Forest Canal each day.

Once completed, the trust will work with Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust volunteers to replant trees and shrubs around the site.

Sarah Bowes, project manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “It’s important we make this investment to improve water flow to help ensure Bugsworth Basin and the canal continue to provide a wonderful amenity for all to enjoy.”