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Sunday 16 September

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  • ‘Meccano’ bridge for MBB canal wins green light theboltonnews.co.uk

    A bridge that looks like it is made from a giant Meccano set will be built in a popular beauty spot after it was given the goahead by Bolton Council ’s planning committee. The £90,000 bridge was unanimously praised by councillors for the design’s interpretation of the popular children’s building toy....


Thursday 13 September

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  • Upper Thames hireboat business plans get go-ahead bbc.co.uk

    Plans to turn a derelict water treatment works site on an island in the River Thames into a marina have been approved by councillors. Cotswold Boat Hire's proposal to develop Brandy Island at Buscot Weir, near Faringdon, in Oxfordshire will see 17 new moorings built. The plans were approved by the Vale of White Horse Council on Wednesday night. Residents, the National Trust and others had objected, saying it will ruin a tranquil part of the river....


Wednesday 12 September

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  • Claverton pumping station gets Red Wheel award canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Claverton Pumping Station, near Bath, which opened in 1813 as part of the pioneering canal route between London and Bristol, has been honoured with a Red Wheel award from the Transport Trust....

  • 'Giant Meccano' bridge planned for Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal's Nob End manchesterconfidential.co.uk

    This week Bolton Council’s planning committee will decide whether to give permission for the building of a giant Meccano styled footbridge over the canal at Nob End, Little Lever, Bolton. Local artist Liam Curtin designed the new Meccano Bridge with the help of engineers from the Council and Bolton University. The bridge will be made from scaled up Meccano pieces and then assembled on site by local volunteers. As many of the parts as possible are being made by Bolton based companies....


Tuesday 11 September

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  • ‘Meccano bridge’ plan for canal reclamation theboltonnews.co.uk

    An ironwork bridge in the style of the toy Meccano building toy has been planned for the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal at Nob End. It has been designed by celebrated public artist Liam Curtin. The pieces would be 10 times the size of a toy Meccano set, and a local steel fabricator will be used to make the beams, nuts and bolts in the same style — but 10 times thicker and 1,000 times heavier....

  • Student to ship items to Leicester along the Grand Union Canal miltonkeynes.co.uk

    A new student is choosing a unique way of transporting her belongings to university in Leicester – sending them up the Grand Union Canal. Clare Scott, who lives at The Well in Willen, will be studying Speech and Language therapy at De Montfort University, starting on October 1, and as a firm supporter of lowering her carbon footprint she made the decision to transport her belongings this way....


Monday 10 September

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  • Architects propose £50bn Thames floating airport for London theverge.com

    Architectural firm Gensler is proposing the construction of a floating airport on the surface of London's River Thames Estuary. Dubbed the London Britannia Airport, its concourse would sit in the center of the Thames Estuary, surrounded by runways that float, and tethered to the seabed. The primary access route would be a new high-speed underground railway offering direct links to London and Europe. ...

  • YouTube - Canals of the United Kingdom youtube.com

    A special auto-generated 'channel' on YouTube of videos about the UK canal system ...


Friday 7 September

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  • Royal barge Chartwell sold at a loss telegraph.co.uk

    The royal barge, the Spirit of Chartwell, which received a million pound makeover for the event, has been sold to a buyer in Portugal where it will be used for tourist trips. Its owner Philip Morrell said he had sold the vessel at a loss after being unable to reach agreement to sail along part of the Thames. The vessel's berth in Central London had also been lost because of the Olympics. He said: "I am sad she has gone but we faced difficulties which made it unviable to use her on the River Thames. Without revealing figures the boat has been sold for half what I paid for her"....

  • Floating homes plan fuels Regent’s Canal towpath war islingtontribune.com

    Canal campaigners in Islington warned of a new battle of the towpath this week over a plan to replace traditional visitor moorings with permanent luxury floating homes. The idea comes from the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour along parts of the waterway close to Noel Road, at the Angel. Residents whose gardens back onto the towpath complain of smoke from boat engines pouring into their gardens and noisy generators disturbing the peace often at night. ...

  • Are Water Chariots going under? blogs.mirror.co.uk

    Water Chariots describe themselves as the "only way to guarantee" you'll get to the Olympics and Paralympics on time and without queueing. So Julia Morris, from Walthamstow, north London, bought tickets for her and her three-year-old son to travel to yesterday's athletics session in the Olympic Stadium by canal boat. But last week Water Chariots called to her warn the route was being changed for "security reasons" and did she want a refund or to re-book another trip?...


Tuesday 28 August

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  • Morris Lubricants develops special lubricant for MSC swing bridges shropshirelive.com

    A team of experts at a leading British lubricants company has come up with an environmentally friendly solution to keep transport on and off The Manchester Ship Canal running smoothly. Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants was challenged to develop a lubricating, water soluble and biodegradable product that wouldn’t freeze so that a series of swing bridges would continue working in all weather conditions. Following a year of use, the specially formulated Morris Terralus MSC product has been declared a big success....

  • Five people and a dog rescued as narrowboat sinks in Thames at Canary Wharf eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk

    Five people and a dog were rescued from the Thames, near Canary Wharf, minutes before a narrow boat started to sink. Police were called at 5.27pm last Friday (August 24), to reports of a narrow boat taking on water while trying to cross the river between Canary Wharf Pear, near Westferry Road, and Hilton Docklands Pear, near Rotherhithe Street. Police officers pulled three people from the water and two people were rescued by a London RIB Experience boat. A dog was also rescued by police officers. All five people, the woman who owns the boat and four men, were taken to an East London hospital as a precaution and were subsequently discharged, according to police. ...

  • BCN towpath 'stabbing' was failed lock-jump stunt bbc.co.uk

    A teenager who claimed to have been stabbed on a canal towpath has been fined after video revealed he injured himself in a failed stunt. The 19-year-old, who has not been named, told police he was stabbed in the chin with a knife and then thrown into a canal in Dudley on 17 May....


Friday 24 August

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  • Horse-drawn Ilkeston reach London canalrivertrust.org.uk

    Yesterday (23rd August) the historic narrowboat Ilkeston completed its 200 mile journey from the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port to the London Canal Museum and our chairman, Tony Hales was on hand to help celebrate the last leg of the boat’s journey....


Monday 20 August

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  • Canal & River Trust appoints Navigation Advisory Group canalrivertrust.org.uk

    The Canal & River Trust has announced the appointments to the Navigation Advisory Group, which will provide expert advice about boating and navigation matters. Experts covering a wide range of boating interests have been appointed to sit on the Navigation Advisory Group, which will give practical advice on issues relating to navigation, waterway operations boat licensing and moorings. The group will operate with two sub-groups, one focussed on navigation and operational issues and the other on licencing and mooring....

  • Hand sanitisers are polluting world’s waters, study reveals scotsman.com

    A new study has revealed that people’s zest for hand-cleansing products is polluting the world’s waters. Scientists at Arizona State University warned that the multi-million pound industry 
in hand sanitisers is fuelling a rise in the use of personal care 
products, which end up filtering into lakes and rivers – 
causing potential harm to 
the environment, wildlife and people....

  • Leeds waterways: The quiet revolution yorkshirepost.co.uk

    Mike Marshall has dedicated the last 32 years of his life to caring for Leeds’s waterways. As maintenance manager with the Canal and River Trust, he has seen the region’s water network transformed from a source of embarrassment to a source of pride. The boom in the city’s riverside developments – and the image of affluence they now evoke – are just one sign of this change. And now the new homes that replaced rotting bankside warehouses don’t have to overlook the dirty waters which for so long cast a murky shadow over the city’s proud industrial past....

  • Floating forest sets sail on Birmingham canals sundaymercury.net

    Fifteen tonnes of trees are about to set sail in the Midlands for a bizarre arts project. The Rootless Forest will feature 100 alders and birches planted on a converted canal hopper which will travel along West Midland waterways for two months. As Birmingham is said to have more canals than Venice, it is expected that the floating foliage artwork will be widely viewed as it passes through the clean – and not so clean – parts of the network....

  • K&A canal trust launches £1m campaign to update HQ in Devizes thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust is poised to launch a campaign to raise £1million to renovate and reorganise its headquarters building at Devizes Wharf. After many years of struggle and negotiation, the trust has a lease for the former warehouses beside the canal which house the trust’s visitor shop, museum and newly reopened café and is looking to spend many more years there....


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