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Wednesday 23 January

Today's news from the web

  • Challenger Syndicateships update boatingbusiness.com

    The British Marine Federation (BMF) has made arrangements to identify a solicitor people can talk to if they have complaints regarding Challenger Syndicateships. ...

  • Canal Dream Does Hold Water thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Experts have backed a project to create a new canal through central Swindon - and it will cost at least £52m. ...

  • Floods recede in Elland halifaxcourier.co.uk

    Peter and Angela Spencer were left to call out a river and canal rescue team to remove their 50ft narrow boat which was blocking the canal. ...

  • Homes plan to improve Rochdale towpath rochdaleobserver.co.uk

    Woodford Land will also contribute £35,000 to improvements at Littleborough train station, £49,000 for improvements to the canal towpath and £164,000 to improve surrounding roads. ...


Tuesday 22 January

Droitwich restoration gets go-ahead

The Droitwich Canals have finally received the green light for restoration works to start, with planning permission for the works finally being granted.

In the next few months, work will take place on the area of the Junction Canal around the M5, including a new lock into the River Salwarpe from the old line of the canal alongside Hanbury Road.

Restoration of the locks along the Barge Canal between Droitwich and the River Severn and the creation of a navigable tunnel under the A449 will take place during 2008. Making a section of the River Salwarpe navigable to replace the former Junction Canal between Vines Park and Swan Drive is planned towards the end of the programme in 2009.

British Waterways' James Thompson called it "a brilliant step forward", while Margaret Rowley, chairman of the Droitwich Canals Trust, said she was "delighted". The Waterways Trust is spearheading the remaining fundraising, with £1m to be found.

We'll have more details in March's WW.

Richard Fairhurst  | 6.13pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Midlands firms in trial to move freight by water roadtransport.com

    Businesses in the West Midlands are to be asked if they want to transfer freight from road to canal....

  • Panic stations as floods return yorkshirepost.co.uk

    About 60 children were evacuated from the Water's Edge nursery in Elland, near Huddersfield, after the Calder and Hebble Navigation began to flood the building. ...

  • District Still On High Alert thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Cellars at homes in Bold Venture Street, Skipton, were flooded up to four feet deep when the nearby Leeds & Liverpool canal spilled over. ...

  • New Tewkesbury lock-keeper thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Bob Scarrott is a man with a very important job.The 61-year-old has taken over from Nigel Preece as Tewkesbury's lock-keeper. ...


Monday 21 January

Today's news from the web

  • Waterfront hotel for Lincoln? thisislincolnshire.co.uk

    Developers including British Waterways have unveiled plans to build a new £10m hotel in the centre of Lincoln. ...

  • Plea to help canal breach firms news.bbc.co.uk

    Businesses affected by the closure of part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal are appealing for compensation for any loss of income. ...

  • Rochdale water shortage examined rochdaleonline.co.uk

    Vice Chairman of Littleborough Marina has written to British Waterways seeking to understand why feeder reservoirs cannot be used to provide more water to the Rochdale Canal - that being the purpose for which they were created. ...

  • Conservative front-bencher is canal historian news.independent.co.uk

    From the article: "You once wrote a history of the Bridgwater Canal? How many did it sell – and does it prove you are a nerd? Kate Barnett by email" ...

  • Waterscape.com relaunches stoppage alerts waterscape.com

    Waterscape.com has re-launched its popular stoppage alerts – with new and improved emails for boaters. ...


Wednesday 16 January

Today's news from the web

  • Canal on flood alert louthleader.co.uk

    Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for the Louth Canal between Louth and Tetney Lock. ...

  • Family Pub Wins Real Ale Award gazetteseries.co.uk

    A canalside family-run pub in Slimbridge has been crowned as the best country pub for the second year running. ...

  • Canals considered for freight ft.com

    Canals could regain their role as conduits for trade – because of gridlock on the motorways that superseded them, according to a new study. ...

  • Taking to the water hub-4.com

    There is a growing role for waterborne freight transport in today's logistics, particularly for the bulk handling industry. ...


Tuesday 15 January

Today's news from the web

  • See stoppage works at Caen Hill Locks waterscape.com

    On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February, from 10am – 2.30pm, British Waterways will be holding a ‘Public Hanging’ at Caen Hill Locks (Lock 41) on the Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes. ...

  • New Gloucester bridge launched builderandengineer.co.uk

    The lifting section of a new £10m bridge which will span the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, will be launched into position over two days commencing today. ...


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