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Tuesday 29 January

Today's news from the web

  • Landmark Site Plan Set To Be Submitted thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Imaginative plans to transform Bradford's landmark Conditioning House are about to be submitted to Bradford Council, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal. The scheme would allow the canal between Bradford and Shipley to pass straight through the site of the Grade II listed building. ...

  • Firefighters Rescue Horse In Canal Drama thisischeshire.co.uk

    Firefighters came to the rescue after a horse and rider plunged into the Bridgewater Canal. ...

  • A step closer for Swindon's town centre canal waterscape.com

    Plans to include the Wilts & Berks Canal as part of a major regeneration scheme in Swindon have moved closer to becoming a reality, as Swindon Borough Council gives them the go ahead. ...

  • Today Pontcysyllte, tomorrow the world denbighshirefreepress.co.uk

    If successful, the 200-year-old aqueduct and canal will join the other 27 UK World Heritage Sites, including the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the Giant's Causeway, and the old and new towns of Edinburgh. UNESCO, which is responsible for the scheme, will now examine the proposal and make a final decision next year. ...

  • Water garden blooms manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    The delicate leaves floating on Brunclough Reservoir could easily be mistaken for weeds. In fact, the water plantain is the crowning glory of the restored beauty spot on the edge of Oldham. ...

  • Keadby Lock Shortlisted For Top Award waterscape.com

    Keadby Lock on the River Trent has been shortlisted for this year’s prestigious British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA) Renaissance Awards which aim to recognise best practice in sustainable waterway regeneration throughout the UK. ...


Monday 28 January

Today's news from the web

  • Wey & Arun breakthrough sussexexpress.co.uk

    Work has begun on the third and final phase of the ambitious £1.5m project to restore the canal crossing in Loxwood broken more than 100 years ago. ...

  • Choppy waters on the canals news.bbc.co.uk

    Life on the canal-sides of Britain should be tranquil, but there is some choppy water with some canal-side residents. ...

  • Canal festival in line for award rochdaleonline.co.uk

    The Rochdale Canal Festival has been nominated for a national award by the Waterways Trust and BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association). ...

  • Fifty Radcliffe homes flooded manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    Fifty homes were flooded after British Waterways opened the sluicegates of a reservoir . . . to try to stop flooding. ...


Thursday 24 January

Today's news from the web

  • Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal saves the day theboltonnews.co.uk

    Residents were forced to flee their homes after being hit by flooding for the second time in four days. ...

  • Canalside Development May Improve Transport burnleycitizen.co.uk

    A NEW canalside development in Brierfield could provide a windfall of more than £100,000 for transport initiatives across the town. Blueprints for 85 new homes, on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, off Clitheroe Road, are set to be debated by the Brierfield and Reedley Committee on Monday. ...

  • Diggers Move In At Marina burnleycitizen.co.uk

    Work has got under way on a new £1m marina in Burnley. The 102 berth marina is expected to be completed by August this year. ...

  • British Waterways teams fighting floods in Yorkshire waterscape.com

    The persistent rain which overwhelmed much of Yorkshire earlier this week has also taken its toll on the region’s canals and waterways with British Waterways employees at full stretch to cope with the ongoing devastation. ...

  • Town Politicians Back Canal Idea thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Plans for a canal in central Swindon have cleared a major hurdle. Swindon Council is backing a scheme to create a £52m waterway through the centre of the town. ...

  • Canal improvements for Tring hemeltoday.co.uk

    More than £40,000 has been given to Tring and Berkhamsted to help improve and promote the towns. The money will help pay for projects including improving the canal and boosting tourism. ...

  • Danger of killer weed eadt.co.uk

    Floating pennywort could become a “nightmare” on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads, according to the Broads Authority, the body which manages the area. ...


Wednesday 23 January

The world's deepest lock

In December 2005's Waterways World, we looked for the world's deepest lock - and found it at Oskemen, in Kazakhstan. Here's how we described it:

Oskemen is on a resurgent river route from northern China to Russia. Its rise of 40m-42m (around 138ft) is seven times the deepest on the British canal system.

Information on Kazakhstan's three river Ertis locks is hard to come by. Their tourist office doesn't answer e-mails, and the country's few websites are geared more towards Russian-speaking investors in heavy industry. But it is clear that, after a period of neglect in the 1990s, the country is now investing heavily to restore through passage on the river Ertis (or Irtysh) and replace its national cargo fleet.

Closed for several years, Oskemen or Ust-Kamenogorsk (its Russian name) was reopened to navigation in 2004. It provides passage around a vast hydro-electric dam. A new lock was opened at Shulbinsk earlier this year, narrowly missing out on a place in our list with a 24m rise (79ft). Bakhtarminsk completes the three.

Cargoes reflect the local industry: lead and zinc smelting, titanium and magnesium. We have not yet found any cruise operators - but we'd be delighted to hear from any readers who have.

We scoured the world to find a picture, but now, thanks to the wonders of Google's aerial photography, you can see it from the air. Click here for the close-up.

What are the chances of Terry (Narrow Dog) Darlington or Chris Coburn taking a narrowboat through, do you think?

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.17pm | 1 comment


Today's news from the web

  • Pay back £62,000 or stay in jail longer dailypost.co.uk

    A former British Waterways official who bought himself luxury goods with his employers’ cash, was yesterday ordered to pay back £62,000. ...

  • Lancaster canalside development rethought thisislancashire.co.uk

    Centros Miller is revising its multi-million pound planning application for the canal corridor development - and says there will be significant' changes. ...


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