The full Mont­gomery?

Canal Boat - - CRUISE GUIDE -

Re­open­ing the Mont­gomery Canal through into mid-Wales could be on the cards, as restora­tion lead­ers en­list the aid of lo­cal politi­cians and look for ma­jor Welsh fund­ing.

Craig Wil­liams (Con­ser­va­tive MP for Mont­gomeryshir­e) and Rus­sell Ge­orge (Con­ser­va­tive mem­ber of the Welsh Assem­bly for Mont­gomeryshir­e) are back­ing a bid for the canal’s re­open­ing to be sup­ported by the Mid Wales Growth Deal Fund, a pot of money which has been pledged £55m by the UK Govern­ment with hopes that this will be dou­bled by the Welsh Assem­bly. The two have met with John Dod­well and Michael Lim­brey, of­fi­cials of the Mont­gomery Wa­ter­way Restora­tion Trust, to dis­cuss a bid.

Mean­while progress con­tin­ues on the English length with open­ing to Crick­heath Wharf well on the way, and plans in hand for next year’s project to re­in­state School House Bridge, re­mov­ing the last ma­jor ob­sta­cle to re­open­ing to the border at Llanymynec­h.

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