Hope for Rochdale floods reopening
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.