Bettws Lane Bridge
In order to open up an element of the Canal in Bettws to future navigation, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Local Regeneration Fund (LRF) grants were secured in 2004 to undertake the demolition and rebuild of Bettws Lane Canal Bridge.
This scheme forms part of the long term project to re-open the main line of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canals to navigation by removing the one remaining impediment to navigation within the Newport section of this arm of the canal.
Bettws Lane Bridge was constructed when it was thought the canal would not be re-opened to navigable use. Recent studies showed that the bridge provided insufficient headroom over the canal to allow boats to pass under the span. In order to re-open the canal to navigation, it was therefore necessary to rebuild the bridge to increase the headroom of the bridge to a minimum standard acceptable to British Waterways.
The reconstructed Bettws Lane Bridge was opened by The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Newport, Councillor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi on the 1st March 2007.