AN invention created by a Solihull businessman to ease traffic on one of the most congested routes in Birmingham, has been viewed by top council bosses.
Terry Fogarty, who runs Fogarty Castings Ltd in Acocks Green, has dedicated 10 years of his life creating the Diagonal Lock – a structure which promises to create more space for rail and road, starting at Camp Hill in Birmingham.
Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore recently paid a visit to Mr Fogarty’s business premises to view the invention, which offers an alternative to the traditional canal lock, and would enable boats to transfer to different water levels quicker.
“This was a very positive meeting,” the 76-year-old canal enthusiast said.
“Sir Albert seemed to have a clear understanding of what I am trying to achieve here,” he added.
The lock already has the backing of Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, British Waterways and the Environment Secretary.
The diagonal lock would replace six locks at Camp Hill and works on the principle of a sloping tube, which would cut out time spent by canal users negotiating flights of locks.
Mr Fogarty said: “The lock is designed to solve what is currently a horrendous problem at Camp Hill for many users, and the business potential is staggering.”
A spokeswoman for Birmingham City Council added: “This was an exploratory meeting with Mr Fogarty to see what his invention was all about.
“Sir Albert thought the invention was very impressive and recognised that he had clearly put a lot of work into it.”