Work in progress
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