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FIRST AT LAST: Restoration of the world's first boat lift, which links two waterways in Cheshire, should finally start next autumn, after 16 years battling for funds. Heritage grants totalling 6.7M are now 'confidently expected' before Christmas and should see tenders to repair the 123 year old Anderton boat lift out by spring. The decaying twin trough lift connects the River Weaver with the Trent & Jersey Canal at Northwich. It consists of two structures - a 1875 hydraulically powered, ...

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