Reopening after floods delayed again
FURTHER DELAYS HAVE put back the reopening date for the final section of waterway damaged in last winter’s floods but, as we went to press, the through -route via the Rochdale Canal still looked likely to be open in early October.
Of the remaining repair jobs under way, those on
the Calder & Hebble Navigation (for example the rebuilding of Elland Bridge) have reached the point where they no longer affect navigation, leaving two blockages on the Rochdale Canal.
Rebuilding following a breach between locks 16 and 17 near Todmorden, which had been expected to be complete in August, was delayed until September as a result of worse-than-expected damage to the canal bed. But that made no difference to the final opening date, as the nearby landslip repairs between locks 17 and 18, delayed by both “horrendous” ground conditions and land ownership issues, were dragging on into October as we went to press.
Boaters wishing to take advantage of the TransPennine through route will need to get a move on, as scheduled winter stoppages on the Calder & Hebble are due to start on 31 October.