Wa­ter short­age hits Cal­don and Rib­ble Link

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The Cal­don Canal at Hazel­hurst Locks (pic­tured) and the Rib­ble Link have been added to a list of wa­ter sup­ply re­lated clo­sures of wa­ter­ways fol­low­ing the hot dry weather of early sum­mer – but the Canal & River Trust’s head of hy­drol­ogy has told Canal Boat that CRT doesn’t an­tic­i­pate there be­ing any more full clo­sures.

Canals al­ready shut in­clude long sec­tions of all three trans-Pen­nine canals, while re­stric­tions on open­ing hours have af­fected the Trent & Mersey, Ox­ford, Grand Union, Re­gents and Hert­ford Union canals – and locks on the River Weaver are only be­ing op­er­ated at set times of day. How­ever CRT’s Adam Comer­ford, in­ter­viewed by

Canal Boat, said that while re­stric­tions were likely to be in place into the au­tumn he felt that the rest of the sys­tem would last out un­til us­age de­creased fol­low­ing the end of the busy hol­i­day pe­riod.

See our news fea­ture on pages 12-13 for de­tails of cur­rent clo­sures, CRT’s prog­no­sis for the fu­ture, and wa­ter sup­ply plans for the longer term.

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