The Dudley No 2 Canal once came in from the left, approximately where the raised section of towpath is, near the pylon. The Lapal Canal will soon provide an alternative route with the new junction a little nearer to the camera, close to this end of the straight section of towpath. The canal will be widened a little to the right to make turning at the junction easier, and creating a new winding point.
The Dudley No 2 Canal once came through the building site to meet the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near the centre of the photo. The Worcester & Birmingham Canal runs between Birmingham (to the right) and Worcester (to the left).
The Lapal Canal is will restore through navigation using approximately the line of the Dudley No 2 Canal. The building works in the photo include creation of the first section of the Lapal Canal as an integral part of the work. The Lapal Canal will run a little further south than the original alignment, nearer to the blue and grey buildings seen in the background.