The Chellaston section runs from the junction of the Derby Canal with the Trent and Mersey (T&M) canal at Swarkestone to Shelton Lock. Part of the original Derby Canal is still evident and is occupied by the Swarkestone Boat Club. Volunteers have previously restored the bridge over the canal at the head of the boat club’s moorings.
Fly the canal route virtually
Andy Savage at www.derbyphotos.co.uk is a supporter of the DSCT and produced some excellent aerial 360 photos in June 2021 of the T&M canal at the start of the Derby Canal at Swarkestone Lock, at Bridge No.14 just further along the canal path, at the Cuttle Brook footbridge and at Shelton Lock in the heart of Chellaston. In addition, Andy has uploaded a drone flight video of the route from Swarkestone to Infinity Park Footbridge, and Infinity Park Footbridge to Shelton Lock. Enjoy!
Progress to Date
The construction of the A50 Trunk Road means that some realignment of the Derby Canal is needed and it is likely that a new canal junction will be created below Swarkestone Lock on the T&M which would allow the Derby Canal to pass through an existing culvert under the A50. The Trust believes that the land between the A50 and the T&M would make an ideal site for a marina development subject to all the usual planning consents and landowner agreement.
North of the A50, a new lock will be required to lift the canal to the correct level; with the prospect of housing development in the area there may in the future be development funding from that source.
The canal line continues north to cross the Cuttle Brook and the new Infinity Park Way which has been built at ground level, approximately the future water level. With the major development of Infinity Park on Sinfin Moor designed to deliver high technology jobs working alongside Rolls-Royce the city’s economy will benefit enormously.
There is therefore a need for a substantial bridge to allow all three elements to cross at the same point. Given that the restoration of this stretch is some way off at present the Trust has agreed that a temporary structure will be installed, but with provision for it to be replaced by the Council with a bridge over the canal, with the brook going through a siphon under the canal, a detailed design for which has been agreed. This will be put in place as soon as the Trust and Council have funding to complete the stretch to Sinfin Lane.