Over the water

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British Waterways and lead contractor Balfour Beatty are entering the final stages of work on the £20m, 1.4-mile extension to the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Once finished, for the first time in over a century canal boats will be able to navigate the canal from its traditional conclusion at Stanley Dock straight into Pier Head and the heart of Liverpool.

British Waterways anticipates 4,500 boats will use the waterfront canal each year – that's one in six of the 27,000 boats on inland waterways in the UK. Commercial ships will also be able to navigate through the terminus at Stanley Dock and towards the Pier Head.

The public realm work at the Pier Head is due to be finished in June with the canal open in the autumn.

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