Elan Valley Aqueduct

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Elan Valley Aqueduct seen from the SVRSevern Valley Railway (Wikimedia Commons)
Elan Valley Aqueduct from the opposite bank (Wikimedia Commons)

The Elan Valley aqueduct crosses the River Severn near Folly Point between Bewdley and Arley. The pipes it carries are part of a network installed in the early 1900s to bring water from the Elan Valley in Wales to the city of Birmingham.

After crossing the aqueduct, the pipes run through a chamber underneath the railway. In the winter of 2014-2015 three of these pipes were replaced in a major project initiated by Severn Trent Water; this required the line to lifted and replaced.

Water from the Aqueduct is now used to supply the towns of Mamble and Tenbury as well as the City of Birmingham. At times of peak demand the supply is supplemented by water from nearby Trimpley Reservoir[1]


  1. Severn Trent Water (Retrieved 4 December 2015)

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