Hope for Rochdale floods re­open­ing

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RE­PAIR WORK TO the Pen­nine wa­ter­ways fol­low­ing win­ter floods con­tin­ues and, while the Canal & River Trust can’t yet give an es­ti­mate for the re­open­ing of the fi­nal length of the Rochdale Canal, it is still hoped to have it back in use be­fore the end of the sum­mer.

Fol­low­ing the re­open­ing of the Aire & Calder and lower sec­tions of the Calder & Heb­ble in time for Easter, the re­main­ing sec­tion of the C& H (in­clud­ing re­build­ing El­land and Crowther bridges) was on track to open by the end of June. How­ever, the fi­nal length of the Rochdale from Bridge 15 to Tod­mor­den was still await­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and res­o­lu­tion of dis­cus­sions with third party landown­ers, in­sur­ers and le­gal teams be­fore work could start.

De­spite this, CRT Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Richard Parry was op­ti­mistic that work might start by early July: “We’re still hop­ing we haven’t lost the sum­mer,” he said.

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