Tree planting ceremony marks completion of the A38 Whitminster Roundabout.

Tree planting ceremony marks completion of the A38 Whitminster Roundabout.

The first phase of ‘Missing Mile’ canal restoration project

A special event to celebrate the completion of the award-winning A38 Whitminster Roundabout canal restoration project, the first section of the Missing Mile, has been celebrated with a tree planting ceremony.
Andrew Page-Dove, South West Regional Director for National Highways, joined Siobhan Baillie MP, vice-chairman of the Cotswold Canals Trust, and Cllr Vernon Smith, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for highways, to plant trees at the special event.

Tree planting ceremony marks completion of the A38 Whitminster Roundabout.
Tree planting ceremony marks completion of the A38 Whitminster Roundabout.

A commemorative plaque was also unveiled at the pandemic-delayed ceremony to celebrate completion of the National Highways-funded project and the start of the next stage of the Missing Mile – the M5 crossing and digging of the Missing Mile.

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Work will start afresh in the new year to progress the ambitious project, which will eventually see a newly restored canal travel under the M5 near Junction 13.

Despite taking place during the pandemic, and with significant challenges including maintaining traffic flows on a busy roundabout, the teams delivered the works on time, and recently won two awards at the Institute of Civil Engineers South West Awards 2021: The People’s Choice award and Project Under £8million Award.

The rest of the `Missing Mile’ project will see a new canal channel dug between Whitminster and Eastington, crossing under the M5 underpass, the building of 2 new locks and the reconnection to the historic canal channel at Eastington.

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