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Eagle-eyed residents have spotted that it's an exciting time for the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.  The next phase of canal construction has started at Middle Wichel, south Swindon.

The latest section is being built by the Wichelstowe joint venture between Swindon Borough Council and Barratt Homes.  It takes the canal further from Foxham Way and up to Mill Lane (see photo 1).

Swindon branch chair and head of communications Chloe Ford said, “This is a very great moment for Swindon and the Trust, as we see the next stretch of canal take shape.  It represents progress towards linking the two Wichelstowe sections, which will vastly benefit the local community and bring with it the ecological benefits of a canal.

Chloe continued, “The Wichelstowe joint venture expects to make good progress in the next few years, with further canal construction, two new road bridges and a swing bridge.  This is a big-scale project and is now in full motion”.

To see the proposed canal, you can view the entire route on an interactive map.  See photo 2 or click on the link below:

www.wbct.org.uk/enjoy-discover/interactive-map

To pledge your support for the canal and all the work that goes on, sign up to become a member!

From just £1.50 a month, you’ll receive regular updates and the knowledge that your membership assists in funding applications where proof of support is required.  We need you!

To join: www.wbct.org.uk/get-involved/join

thumb 01 Swindon next phase Wichelstowe map

thumb 02 Swindon next phase diggers

thumb 03 Swindon next phase aerial view

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