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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.”

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