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Mile Cut - Plans
The new cut is required
so that when the bridge across it is opened there will be a reasonable
length of bypass to accommodate car stacking before the Cole Avenue
junction to the south is affected. It will also allow the bypass
to have a reasonable gradient between the level of the Cole Avenue
junction and the platform of the new bridge, which needs to be high
enough for most boats to be able to pass underneath. The new cut
is the same width and depth as the existing canal with a narrow
section at the bridge having the same width as the other bridges.
Image adapted from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map
service and reproduced by kind permission of Ordnance
Survey and Ordnance Survey
of Northern Ireland.
The Old Bend
The old bend in the canal will be
partially filled in to provide space for a road junction, leaving
two short arms (see map right). The western arm could be used for
moorings or may become a nature reserve, while the eastern arm could
serve a wharf for the concrete plant adjoining the Bristol Road.
The milepost that was formerly on the inside of the bend will be
re-sited beside the new channel.
The bridge across the
new cut will be the second largest swing road bridge in the country.
It will be delivered in sections that will be assembled on site.
It will have a control cabin on the north side of the cut. The air
draught under the bridge will be 4.75m, which should allow most
pleasure craft to pass, but the bridge will need to open for the
occasional commercial vessel or classic ship coming to Gloucester
For reports on progress and historical background,
see the links above.
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