Easter open­ings af­ter floods

Canal Boat - - News -

AS WE WENT to press, the Canal & River Trust re­mained con­fi­dent that three sec­tions of wa­ter­way closed since the Box­ing Day floods would be open in time for the start of the Easter week­end – but other lengths will re­main shut for longer, and one sec­tion still has no tar­get for open­ing.

The Aire & Calder from Knos­trop to Leeds re­opened in mid-March. It was due to be fol­lowed around 24 March by the iso­lated length from Heb­den Bridge on the Rochdale Canal to Sal­ter­heb­ble on the Calder & Heb­ble. At the same time, the lower Calder & Heb­ble from Fig­ure of Three Locks up to Cooper Bridge Junc­tion was ex­pected to open, re­in­stat­ing the im­por­tant through-route to the Hud­der­s­field Canal.

A fur­ther length of the Rochdale from Heb­den Bridge to Bridge 15 should open by the end of May.

CRT next hopes to re­open the re­main­der of the C& H from Cooper Bridge to Sal­ter­heb­ble, which de­pends on the re­build­ing of El­land and Crowther Bridges. Bar­ring any plan­ning de­lays (for ex­am­ple there could be ob­jec­tions to the de-list­ing by Eng­lish Her­itage of the old El­land Bridge be­fore the re­mains can be de­mol­ished) it is hoped that re­build­ing will reach a stage al­low­ing nav­i­ga­tion by the end of June – and that other is­sues on this length will also have been dealt with by then.

That leaves just the Rochdale from Bridge 15 west to Tod­mor­den – but here, CRT is un­able to give a tar­get open­ing date due to com­plex prob­lems con­nected with a ma­jor land­slip.

The re­pair work and ac­cess ar­range­ments are de­pen­dent not only on ne­go­ti­a­tions with a third-party landowner, but also on cop­ing with prac­ti­cal risks be­cause there has been fur­ther land move­ment since the start of the year.

british­ma­rine.co.uk/ca­reers. This March, boat-bro­ker ABNB cel­e­brated its 21st sale for 2016, its 21st year of op­er­a­tion. The boat sold was Ar­bu­tus, a 62ft Nor­ton Canes trad with a Gard­ner en­gine and boat­man’s cabin. The ven­dors and buy­ers each re­ceived a bot­tle of cham­pagne as a sur­prise me­mento. ABNB is host­ing a cel­e­bra­tory week­end on 2-3 July at its Crick base.

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