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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.

Tuesday 22 January  | Richard Fairhurst  | 6.13pm, Tuesday 22 January 2008

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