SK0606 : Lichfield Canal Aqueduct

taken 4 years ago, near to Hammerwich, Staffordshire, Great Britain

Lichfield Canal Aqueduct
Lichfield Canal Aqueduct
An unusual structure, the Lichfield Canal Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct over the M6 Toll Road, but there is no canal either side of it.

The Lichfield Canal (originally part of the Wyrley and Essington Canal) is currently being restored (LinkExternal link Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust). The M6 Toll motorway around the north of Birmingham cuts across the route of the canal, threatening future restoration of the canal. Because of this, an aqueduct to was built to carry the canal over the motorway. The aqueduct has been finished but the canal has yet to reach it, giving it an odd appearance (LinkExternal link Lichfield Canal overview)

LinkExternal link building the Lichfield Aqueduct
The M6 Toll Road
The M6 Toll Road is a 27-mile private-sector expressway to the north of Birmingham. The M6 is the key artery through the West Midlands, but it suffers from chronic congestion as part of Britain’s longest and most important motorway. The Birmingham Northern Relief Road, as the M6 Toll was originally known, was built to siphon off the through traffic between the South-east and the North-West.

Site clearance started in 2000, construction of the road began in 2002 and it opened in December 2003 (LinkExternal link M6 Toll History). When planned, it was forecast that 72000 vehicles would use the link, but just half that number of motorists take the route today (2013 - LinkExternal link Overpriced and underused – The Independent) whilst in contrast, the M6 itself is still carrying in excess of 125,000 vehicles a day with many claiming that the toll route’s benefits do not warrant the charges (2013 rates: currently £5.50 for private cars and £11 for trucks, with modest discounts for weekend and overnight use - see SP2685 : M6 Toll Tariff, Chapel Green) and that when traffic is flowing reasonably freely on the original M6, there is no incentive to use the toll route which is marginally longer than the free motorway, with time also lost for stopping to pay at the toll booth.

The toll motorway is operated by Midland Expressway Ltd, which has the concession until 2054 – when the road is due to be handed back to the government.
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Monday, 15 July, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Roads, Road transport  Canals 
Motorway (from Tags)
M6 Toll 
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Lichfield 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0676 0638 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:39.3064N 1:54.0902W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0671 0644
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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