Nottingham Waterways

MEADOW LANE LOCK

RESTORATION, LANDSCAPING & TOW-PATH EXTENSION
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Following the River Trent east under Trent Bridge on the city side, it was always very frustrating to find the way ahead blocked after a couple of hundred yards. One could almost see Meadow Lane Lock but there was no route to it.  This sorry situation all changed on Friday 6th November 2009 with the completion of a project to bridge the gap and to restore and landscape the whole area surrounding the Lock.

The 1.5 Million project was funded and supported by various partners including British Waterways, East Midlands Development Agency, Nottingham City Council, The Homes and Communities Agency and  Nottingham Waterside Limited. The engineers for the scheme were Atkins and the main contractors were Morrison Construction, part of the GallifordTry Group.

This very worthwhile project has been executed to a very high standard and I personally am very impressed with the end result which will show direct  ongoing benefits to hundreds of pedestrians, cyclists and boaters. The materials used are a mix of modern and traditional with sturdy cast iron pillars supporting substantial stainless steel railings. The paved areas are a mix high quality York stone, block work and red bricks and I particularly like the design of the ramp that runs down from the river toe-path to the lock-side.  New sanitation facilities for boaters have also been provided, though at the time of my visit these had not yet been brought into use. New boat landing stage facilities have also been put in place.

This sort of project is the type we should see far more of instead of the vast sums of money squandered on things like Nottingham Contemporary that are only of benefit and interest to a minority group. This is something everyone can enjoy, so go take a walk and take a look.

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