Easter openings after floods
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.