Rochdale finally set to open
THE ROCHDALE CANAL finally has a target for complete reopening – nine months after the Boxing Day floods closed its eastern length and the adjacent Calder & Hebble Navigation.
A reopening in early July saw the first boats through the partially completed Elland Bridge (pictured) which had been damaged so badly that it needed to be demolished and rebuilt. This opened up the final section of the Calder & Hebble but left two remaining closures on the Rochdale.
Where the canal breached between locks 16 and 17 near Todmorden, a Canal & River Trust spokesman told CanalBoat that the breach would be refilled in the coming weeks, with completion on schedule for mid to late August.
As we went to press, work on the landslip that blocked the canal between locks 17 and 18 had just begun, with CRT hoping to reopen the section by the end of September. .