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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”.