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Bow towpath widening, River Lee, 24th May 2012

Between March and May our Leeds & Liverpool short boat “Clitheroe” with 5 tonne hiab and clam shell grab has been engaged on a towpath widening project at Bow on the River Lee. As part of the preparations for the Olympic Games, British Waterways and the ODA have carried out a series of towpath improvement projects on the River Lee around Bow and Old Ford which forms the western boundary of the Olympic Park.

A contractor working on behalf of British Waterways dug out a half metre wide strip along the edge of the existing towpath and then refilled with concrete to extend the overall width of the towpath.

By using Clitheroe with the hiab and clam shell bucket the excavated material from the towpath was removed by barge to Bow Free Wharf where it was unloaded into lorries for disposal.

The concrete for the towpath was delivered, ready mixed, to Bow Free Wharf and loaded into a number of mini concrete skips which Clitheroe picked up with the hiab and put into the hold of the barge. Clitheroe was then moved to the section of towpath being widened and lifted the concrete skips out of the hold, delivering the concrete straight into the towpath section being worked on making this a fast and efficient way of widening the towpath.


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