River Aire Realignment Gallery

A breach in the bank of the river Aire in March 1988 brought about the flooding of coal mining operations in the St Aidan’s opencast site.   Proposals to restore the damage included realignment of the combined river system to a position nearer to the village with heightened flood level embankments.     This in turn enabled the mining company to extract additional tonnage up to a revised protective pillar with works finally commencing in 1993 after local objections were agreed and statutory approval obtained.
Two sons of this village were keen enough to monitor and maintain photographic records of the works involved.     Pictures taken by Barry Seage have been displayed previously on this web site and this gallery is a record of just some of the pictures taken by Peter Walker over that two year period which I hope to update in the future.

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