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Standedge stands proud

BRITAIN'S LONGEST, highest and deepest tunnel restoration opened to the public at the beginning of May.

Contractor AMCO spent 18 months restoring the 5,200m long rock hewn Standedge tunnel - somewhat less than the original 16 year construction time, when 50 men lost their lives in rock falls and uncontrolled explosions.

The contract for British Waterways was as much about dredging as stabilising rock walls, as water draining through the tunnel over 57 years had left in a 2m deep silt layer.

The tunnel is part of the 32km Huddersfield Narrow Canal, which was completed in 1811.

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