Ulverston Canal saved

Published: Monday, 08 March 2010

THE Ulverston Canal Company and a canal trust  have been formed to take over the derelict Ulverston Canal from its previous owners GlaxoSmithKline.

The one and a half mile waterway was built to connect the town to the sea at Morecambe Bay, and is known as the  shortest, deepest and straightest in England, and with a depth of 15ft and 66ft wide could take large ships and their cargoes.

Taken ownership

NPL Estates Ltd have officially taken ownership of the  derelict waterway after South Lakeland District Council waived its first-refusal option, and have formed the canal company and trust to manage it.

It is now expected that the 'dead' 2005 Ulverston Canal Masterplan will be revived to allow development by the waterway, now that ownership is secure.