Autumn opening for ‘Waterworks’
MONMOUTHSHIRE & BRECON
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’.