Canal Boat - - This Month -

Rochdale set to re­open; Nene flood plan con­cerns; CO fumes alert; Ilke­ston cho­sen for IWA fes­ti­val; Ashby reaches north­wards; from yachts to nar­row­boats; CRT has no plans for Mid­dle Level; happy birth­day Re­gent’s; £1m boost for Stoke

THE ROCHDALE CANAL fi­nally has a tar­get for com­plete re­open­ing – a full nine months af­ter the Boxing Day floods closed the canal’s east­ern length to­gether with the ad­ja­cent Calder & Heb­ble Nav­i­ga­tion.

In a part re­open­ing in July, the first boats passed through the par­tially com­pleted El­land Bridge which had been dam­aged so badly 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 there had been “real progress on works to re­build the canal wall” and that the breach would be re­filled in the com­ing weeks, with com­ple­tion still on sched­ule for mid to late Au­gust. The fi­nal prob­lem, a

land­slip which blocked the canal be­tween locks 17 and 18, was sub­ject to land own­er­ship, le­gal and in­surance is­sues as well as con­cerns about fur­ther ground move­ment, which de­layed the start of re­pairs.

How­ever, as we went to press, work had just be­gun on build­ing an ac­cess road and in­stalling a plat­form to sup­port the pil­ing ma­chin­ery to en­able ma­jor work to start. CRT told us that “as things stand, we’re work­ing to­wards re­open­ing this sec­tion of the canal by the end of Septem­ber”.

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