…AND FOR WEY & ARUN CANAL TOO
The Wey & Arun Canal Trust’s project to reopen the former through route from the Thames to the South Coast has reached an important milestone with the first boats crossing the Surrey to Sussex county boundary since the canal closed in the 19th Century.
In recent years much of the Trust’s effort has been concentrated on the ‘Loxwood Link’ length in Sussex, an isolated section which has gradually been extended northwards. The completion of the latest project, the rebuilding of Gennets Bridge Lock and construction of a new footpath bridge at a cost of £375,000 and with a massive amount volunteer work, was marked by a celebration on 21 April, following which small boats were able to navigate northwards across the border into Surrey.
WACT Chairman Sally Schupke described it as a “short but historic voyage marking another milestone in the restoration of the canal link between London and the South Coast.”