Restoration Section 10: Kiveton Park

Connecting the surface route to the national network

The Kiveton Park restoration section commences to the east of Wales Bridge and extends eastwards to the eastern portal of Norwood Tunnel.

East of the Wales Locks and Wales Bridge the canal is at the Kiveton Waters pond level. It then skirts the north-west boundary of the former colliery tip utilising the line of an existing trackway and drain before entering the former colliery site itself.

The route within the Kiveton Colliery site has already been defined by the construction of a canal channel and deep cutting. This prepared and protected route was built when the landscaping of the former colliery site was undertaken by English Partnerships. At the same time three large ponds, Kiveton Waters, were constructed on the colliery site at the summit level. These ponds are located to the north of the intended "main line" and were cut to a navigable depth profile with the intention that they can be converted into a marina once the canal is restored. In the interim they are let as fishing ponds.

Joining Kiveton Waters and the national network will involve use of the eastern surviving fragment of the Norwood Tunnel. This was inspected by British Waterways in 2001. It was found to be intact and in good condition for a distance of around 400 m from the East Portal. The first blockage occurs just to the east of Hard Lane.

The link will be made by excavating a cutting to the west of Hard Lane. Within the cutting a three-rise staircase lock will lower the canal to the tunnel pound level. A culvert will take the canal beneath Hard Lane and make a junction with the intact section of the tunnel.

The 400 m long tunnel fragment will then bring the canal out of the former eastern portal of the Norwood Tunnel into the cutting west of Kiveton Park Station. This is the current head of navigation from West Stockwith on the British Waterways section.

The land corridor required for the new canal, marina and works within the former colliery site, together with the remaining tunnel fragment, are all owned by British Waterways.

It is likely that the Kiveton Park section will be the first phase of the Eastern Division to be completed. Reinstatement through the eastern tunnel fragment will enable Kiveton Waters to be developed by British Waterways as a marina and temporary head of navigation prior to the completion of the through connection to Chesterfield. The length of canal through the cutting to the site of the Wales Locks would be used as a further interim fishing pond.

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