The main challenge in this area is to find a route for the canal that enhances rather than reduces flood management capacity in the valley. Once the canal reaches Denstone, the original alignment has been almost entirely lost. A number of options were identified and assessed in general terms as part of the Feasibility Study.
For details of each option follow the link relevant at the foot of the page.
Based on the assessment , it was concluded that both Option B and Option C are feasible routes. Option B appears to be less complicated with fewer risks and greater opportunities and is the option that has was priced in the restoration cost estimate.
The terminus at the redeveloped Uttoxeter Gravel Pits will create an interesting new visitor destination.