Unlock Runcorn is made up of two strands to open the realm and access to the canal as well as introducing a visitor experience offering. This is the first phase of the ultimate long-term vision of reinvigorating the Bridgewater canal by reconnecting it to the Manchester Ship Canal and constructing a boat lift. The project is currently refining what can be delivered within the project budget.

The creation of a landscaped area between Runcorn Station and the new Peace Garden temple. It will also see a small extension to the canal where the boats used for boat trips can be moored.



​The planning application was submitted in January. View more information on the plans here.

The ultimate goal for this strand is the creation of a visitor centre and café for visitors to enjoy and find out more about the canal, as well as the introduction of boat trips along a section of the Canal and an events programme to run throughout the year. Led by Runcorn Locks Restoration Society (RLRS).


Coming soon