Au­tumn open­ing for ‘Wa­ter­works’


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AN IM­POR­TANT STEP to­wards the re­open­ing of the aban­doned lengths of the Mon­mouthshire & Bre­con Canals will be marked this au­tumn with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Ty-Coch lock flight fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the ‘Wa­ter­works’ restora­tion pro­ject.

The of­fi­cial re-open­ing week­end on 30 Septem­ber and 1 Oc­to­ber will see the Mon­mouthshire Bre­con & Aber­gavenny Canal Trust’s trip boat EdithEl­iz­a­beth tak­ing pas­sen­gers through the locks.

The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund-sup­ported pro­ject has seen eight locks com­pletely re­built over a four-year pe­riod by teams of vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from full-time work ex­pe­ri­ence vol­un­teer­ing to week­long Wa­ter­way Re­cov­ery Group sum­mer canal camps – and even a group of Lot­tery jack­pot win­ners!

Com­ple­tion of the locks will ex­tend the iso­lated re­stored length north­wards from New­port, and re­duce the un­nav­i­ga­ble length (which sep­a­rates this part from the 35-mile nav­i­ga­ble sec­tion from above Cwm­bran to Bre­con) to less than two and a half miles. Fund­ing per­mit­ting, the vol­un­teers plan to move on to re­build­ing locks 53 to 55 which form part of this ‘miss­ing link’.

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