Flood repairs could cost around £15m
THE COST OF putting right the damage caused to northern waterways by the late December floods could run to £15 million, according to first estimates by the Canal & River Trust following initial inspection.
As we went to press, the entire Calder & Hebble Navigation, the eastern part of the Rochdale Canal, the Yorkshire Ouse and the Leeds end of the Aire & Calder Navigation remained closed – with no expectation of full reopening until after Easter.
The Trust is looking at various sources for funding: A public appeal has been launched – see canalrivertrust.org.uk. Non-urgent work planned for other canals is likely to be deferred to free up cash. Bids by local authorities to the Government’s flood relief funding have already succeeded in raising £ 5.5m to rebuild Elland Bridge (pictured) on the Calder & Hebble
See our full report on pages 12-13.