Rochdale fi­nally set to open

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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. .

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