REPAIR works for the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal are progressing well.

The Canal and River Trust has released updated details saying that its preparation for repairs is complete.

The breach, which occurred in March, caused up to £3 million of damage.

The update on the website states: “The Trust is delighted to inform that site work in preparation for the repairs to the breach is now complete.

“Just as critical as the work on site, the development of the design work prior is essential to the overall success of the repair.

“As the material itself will be brought by road, a traffic management specialist will be recruited to assess the safest route manageable to site.

“Once fully assessed, the plan will be submitted to Cheshire West & Chester Council for approval.

“The next phase of work has begun this week and will be to construct the access, compound area and ramp into the canal bed, liaising with Natural England to mitigate ecological impacts and get ecology related licences in place.

“It’s also fundamental that the Trust liaises with the Environment Agency, discussing the possible environmental issues and extensive site investigation works that are to follow.”