Hire fleet pops over the Pen­nines

Canal Boat - - News -

ONE OF THE boat­ing busi­nesses most af­fected by the flood­ing has moved a num­ber of hire craft to cre­ate what it calls a ‘pop-up fleet’ on the other side of the Pen­nines.

Shire Cruis­ers, based at Sowerby Bridge, has re­lo­cated part of the fleet to a tem­po­rary base at Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne, en­abling hir­ers to en­joy the Mac­cles­field and Peak For­est canals. Other craft have moved to Barnoldswick on the Leeds & Liver­pool (with one-way trips avail­able to and from Hud­der­s­field), while some re­main at Sowerby Bridge for short-break trips – with op­tions ex­pand­ing as the canals re­open.

Shire’s Nigel Stevens said: “We have been work­ing closely with the CRT and other boat­yards in the area to make the best of a very chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion.”

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