Work in progress

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EX­PERTS ARE PIC­TURED ‘elec­trofish­ing’ the Mon­mouthshire & Bre­con Canal, prior to work get­ting un­der­way on one of many canals tar­geted by the Canal & River Trust’s sched­ule of win­ter main­te­nance.

A £2 mil­lion pro­gramme of es­sen­tial re­pairs and im­prove­ments to the Mon & Brec this win­ter in­cludes a £1.3 mil­lion project to re­line the canal at Llang­y­nidr, to pre­vent leaks, plus £400,000 of re­pairs to an aqueduct at Goytre Wharf. Some £546,000 has al­ready been spent this year dredg­ing the canal.

The works at Llang­y­nidr in­volved drain­ing a length of canal and a huge num­ber of fish (in­clud­ing roach, perch, pike and bream) had to be re­lo­cated us­ing a process called ‘elec­trofish­ing’ – where a low elec­tri­cal cur­rent tem­po­rar­ily im­mo­bilises the fish so they can be scooped up in big nets and moved to safety.

An­other ma­jor project for this win­ter that’s al­ready un­der way is a £ 650,000 pro­gramme of re­pairs to a 200-year-old em­bank­ment on the Leeds & Liver­pool at Calver­ley, Leeds. This will see 750 me­tres of em­bank­ment re­paired to pre­vent leak­age and safe­guard the canal for fu­ture years. The Trust will also be re­plac­ing a drainage cul­vert, which runs un­der the canal and which has, over time, be­come blocked. Works were ex­pected to take ap­prox­i­mately eight weeks to com­plete.

See our diary page for de­tails of win­ter stop­pages, and for the lat­est up­dates in­clud­ing de­tails of pub­lic open days to be held at stop­page sites see canal­rivertrust.org.uk

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