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Derby Canal project to see cruises return to River Derwent

After an absence of about two decades, river cruises are set to return to the heart of Derby.

Derby City Council and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership have approved a grant of £55,000 to help the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust buy a trip-boat and construct a landing stage below Exeter Bridge.

The electrically powered boat will cruise a 1½-mile route to the weir at Darley Mills with the first cruises expected this summer.

The news came as the city council unveiled a longer-term plan for the city’s waterfront on 14th November. This would encourage riverside commercial developments, a marina and visitor moorings, and the long-proposed Derby Arm boat-lift. This giant tourist attraction, a latter-day Falkirk Wheel, would move boats from the restored canal at nearby Pride Park on to the Derwent. Locks would also be built through the two existing weirs, to make the river navigable far beyond Darley Mills.

“I am pleased the city council has embraced our long-standing idea of making the most of the river in the city centre, and finally giving Derby a waterfront,” said Chris Madge, director of the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust.

WW will examine developments on the restoration in more detail in an upcoming issue.

Tuesday 27 November  | Andrew Denny  | 3.36pm, Tuesday 27 November 2018

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