Re­open­ing after floods de­layed again


Canal Boat - - News -

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.

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