Flood re­pairs could cost around £15m

Canal Boat - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.