Pen­nine route opens – and closes again


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AF­TER YET AN­OTHER de­lay that re­sulted in miss­ing its re­open­ing tar­get of Septem­ber, the Rochdale Canal fi­nally re­opened in Oc­to­ber – how­ever, the through route it forms closed again less than a month later for win­ter work.

Ground con­di­tions de­scribed by the Canal & River Trust as “hor­ren­dous” de­layed the clear­ing of the Rochdale’s fi­nal block­age, a land­slip be­tween Locks 17 and 18 near Tod­mor­den, caused dur­ing last Box­ing Day’s floods which re­quir­ing the re­in­state­ment of the chan­nel and in­stal­la­tion of deep steel piles to pre­vent a re­cur­rence.

How­ever, the com­plex re­pairs were fi­nally com­pleted on 7 Oc­to­ber and it re­opened, al­beit not for long as a through route: the Calder & Heb­ble was due to close from 31 Oc­to­ber to 10 March for the re­build­ing of El­land and Crowther bridges which were dam­aged be­yond re­pair by the floods.

The bill for the Pen­nine wa­ter­ways re­pairs has reached £10.3m, but the good news is that Calderdale Dis­trict Coun­cil and other bod­ies have suc­ceeded in se­cur­ing £8.5m from Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, leav­ing the re­main­der to come from CRT’s bud­get.

The same view af­ter re­build­ing

The scene soon af­ter the land­slip

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