Pennine route opens – and closes again
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