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BCN Main Line

Description of BCN Main Line: Runs from Worcester Bar, in the centre of Birmingham, where it joins the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, to Aldersley junction on the Staffordshire and Worcester.

History of BCN Main Line: From Aldersley to Deepfields Junction was constructed as part of the original Main Line, by Brindley, in 1769 and fully open in 1772. The section beyond Deepfields was built by Telford between 1825 and 1838, reducing the total mileage from 22.5 to just over 15.
For more details see the History page.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Gas Street Basin on the BCN Main Line (1992)

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of BCN Main Line: Length 70 foot, beam 7 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

BCN Main Line: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Worcester Bar (Gas Street Basin)

Junction with Worcester and Birmingham Canal Junction with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

0

0

N

SP062866

139

Farmers Bridge Junction

Junction with Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Junction with the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

0.3

0

N

SP059867

139

Icknield Port Road Loop Eastern Junction

Wharf Loop Line

0.9

0

N

SP051872

139

Icknield Port Road Loop Western Junction

Junction with Soho Branch Loop Line Wharf Loop Line (south) and Junction with Soho Branch Loop Line (North)

1

0

N

SP048873

139

Soho Branch Junction (Western)

Junction with Soho Branch Loop Line

1.8

0

N

SP040881

139

Smethwick Junction

Junction with Old Main Line (BCN) Junction with old Main Loop Line. Rejoins at Tipton Factory Junction.

2.8

0

N

SP028890

139

Bromford Junction

Junction with Spon Lane Locks Branch (BCN) Junction with Spon Lane Locks Branch (North)

5

0

N

SO999899

139

Pudding Green Junction

Junction with Wednesbury Old Canal (BCN) Junction with Wednesbury Old Canal

5.8

0

N

SO989906

139

Albion Junction

Junction with Gower Branch Canal (BCN) Junction with Gower Branch

6.3

0

N

SO981911

139

Dudley Port Junction

Junction with Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal Junction with Netherton Tunnel Branch Canal.

7

0

N

SO972916

139

Tipton Factory Locks Nos 1 to 3

8.1

3

N

SO956926

139

Tipton Factory Junction

Junction with Old Main Line (BCN) Junction with Old main Loop Line.

8.5

3

N

SO950927

139

Coseley Tunnel (South end)

9.4

3

N

SO942937

139

Deepfields Junction

Junction with Wednesbury Oak Loop Line Northern junction of Wednesbury Oak Loop Line

10.1

3

N

SO939949

139

Rough Hill Bridge

12

3

N

SO928973

139

Horseley Fields Junction

Junction with Wyrley and Essington Canal (BCN) Junction with the Wyrley and Essington Canal.

13.1

3

N

SO925987

139

Wolverhampton Top Lock No 4

20 more locks follow in the next 2 miles.

13.8

4

N

SO918987

139

Aldersley Junction

Junction with Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Wolverhampton Bottom Lock No 24 and the junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

15.5

24

N

SJ902011

139

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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