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Work begins on-site!
12th December 2018.

We're delighted to report that work has now begun on the canal bridge!

Canal Bridge - Lift in progressA crane has been on site today to lift the lattice parapets to allow these to be removed for restoration off-site.

This work is the first stage of the restoration of the 120 year-old structure which will allow the bridge to once again carry trains.

Our goal of reconnecting the two halves of the Great Central Railway is taking another major step forward. We have reached this stage thanks to your tremendous support, but we still need your assistance to continue the momentum to progress this vital stage of the project - you can make a donation on line here.
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Thank you for your tremendous support so far!



Appeal passes £300,000!
22nd November 2018.

Donate to the CharityWe're pleased to report more positive progress on the Crossing the Canal appeal which has now broken through the £300,000 barrier..

We are currently working with potential contractors as the start of works draws nearer.

We are very grateful for your tremendous support so far, and we will bring more news on the details of the works as they are confirmed.

Donate to the CharityWe still need your support to continue the momentum to progress this vital stage of the project - you can make a donation on line here.

Thank you for your tremendous support so far!



Appeal passes £250,000!
29th August 2018.

We're delighted to announce that our Crossing the Canal appeal is now more than half way towards the goal of £475,000 for this phase of the project, with the total now standing at over £250,000.

We are hopeful that work on the bridge will start before the end of this year.

We are working with two main contractors to assess the best pricing to repair the existing bridge in situ, with half of the canal being closed at a time, allowing single-file canal traffic to continue whilst the bridge repair work is being completed.

Donate to the CharityWe still need your support to continue the momentum to progress this vital stage of the project - you can make a donation on line here.

Thank you for your tremendous support so far!



June appeal update..
20th June 2018.

We are delighted to announce the new total for its Crossing The a canal appeal.

Donate to the CharityAn incredible one hundred and fifty five thousand pounds have been raised in six months. This is towards the total of four hundred and seventy five thousand pound - which will see the canal bridge prepared for trains to cross it, as part of the overall reunification project.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign so far. You can make donations online, or through the post by downloading an appeal form.

Look out for the fundraising stands run by Friends of the Great Central Main Line at our events, watch the video, study the model and chat to our volunteers to find out more about the whole scheme.



May appeal update..
30th May 2018.

Donate to the Charity The Crossing the Canal appeal continues to progress and we're delighted to report that the appeal has now passed £130,000.

We still need your support to continue the momentum to progress this vital stage of the project - you can make a donation on line here.

Thank you for your tremendous support so far!



Superb response to "Money Match March".
6th April 2018.

Donate to the CharityMoney Match March has now come to a conclusion, but thanks to everyone's very generous response we have an impressive new total to post! The Crossing the Canal appeal has now reached £110,000 - a tremendous amount which will go towards the next phase of the reunification project.

The matched element of twenty five thousand pounds was ultimately oversubscribed with many donations received online and through the post. A recent visit by members of the Friends of the Great Central Main Line to the model railway exhibitions and on train collections have also really helped.



23rd February 2018.

Donate to the CharityGood news! The Crossing the Canal appeal has now passed the forty thousand pound mark.

In just three months we are a little under ten percent of our way to the target of four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds. A huge thank you for donating!

Canal Bridge in February 2018This appeal is part of our grand reunification project, to link two halves of the Great Central Railway together. A new bridge over the Midland Main Line has been built at Loughborough. The canal bridge repairs are the next stage of the work.

Now here’s a chance to make your donation go further. It’s the return of Money Match March! A fund of twenty five thousand pounds has been made available, and will be released pound for pound with every donation you make, during the month of March.

Give ten pounds - and it will be matched by ten pounds. We can even still claim gift aid on your part of the donation (if you can make the declaration on the form). So your £10 - could become £10 + £2.50 + £10 = £22.50.

If Money Match March is fully subscribed, we can push the total up another fifty thousand pounds (not including any gift aid).

You can download an appeal form here. Send it through the post with a cheque made payable to DAVID CLARKE RAILWAY TRUST (with “CROSSING THE CANAL” written on the year) to DCRT, Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, LE11 1SL.

Or you can make a donation on line here

If you are already donating via a standing order, your donation will be matched. If you’re not, why not consider setting one up? If everyone who reads this webpost gave ten pounds per month - just £2.50 a week - we’d soon make forward progress on reunification.

Pick up an appeal form on your next visit and thank you for your support!

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Great Central Railway Crossing the Canal

It's time for Bridging the Gap part two!

1st December 2017.

Donate to the CharityGreat Central Railway has embarked on one of the biggest projects in modern railway preservation. We’re reunifying two halves of the railway to create an 18 mile heritage route through the East Midlands.

We’ve already invested millions - which you helped us to raise - to build a brand new bridge to carry our trains over the Midland Main Line.

Next up, we want to work on the existing canal bridge at Loughborough which needs repairing. Current thinking is it can be repaired without being lifted. This is likely to mean some disruption to boat traffic below, so it needs to be done when the canal is quieter. The earliest window is Autumn 2018 - but we won’t proceed unless we have sufficient funds.

At the same time we need to continue our design work, so we can get permission to build the rest of the new infrastructure reunification needs. So we’re launching our new appeal; crossing the canal. We need to raise four hundred and seventy five thousand pounds to get the canal bridge completed and carry on with the paperwork. We’ve had international interest in the project and we know you’ve been encouraged by the new rail bridge being installed.

We hope you’ll support us again.

Map of the Bridging the Gap area 3D render of how the repaired bridge will look on completion

You can donate online by credit or debit card. Click the link. Donate to the Charity



You can donate by cheque through the post. Click here to download the appeal form. Complete the sections and send a cheque made payable to the David Clarke Railway Trust to:
'Canal Bridge Appeal', Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 1SL

Please consider a standing order. The more standing orders, the sooner we’ll get the trains running over the 18 mile railway.

However you support us, please don’t forget to make the gift aid declaration if you can. Gift Aid is a scheme where the government will top up donation made by UK tax payers by an extra 25% at no cost to you.

Thank you, together we’ve made a huge amount of progress on this exciting project.
We’ll keep you up to date right here with the latest news.




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