Work under way to repair Wichelstowe canal bank sinkhole

By Barrie Hudson - 19 February 2024

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A Swindon Borough Council team are repairing a sinkhole near the Wilts & Berks Canal.

The specialists from the Highway Assets department have been assessing the sinkhole which recently appeared on the canal bank above a culvert carrying the River Ray below the historic waterway Wichelstowe. 

It was discovered by a Wilts & Berks Canal Trust work party who alerted the council. 

A temporary dam has been put in place as a precautionary measure to prevent the canal potentially emptying through the sinkhole if further deterioration were to occur. 

The team are investigating the cause and in the process of conducting repairs. 

 

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