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Thursday 28 February

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  • Large 'Tesla ships' all-electric container barges launching in Europe this year. electrek.co

    The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have a significant impact on local transport between the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam....


Tuesday 26 February

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  • Floating Village Market idea for Dublin's Grand Canal Dock afloat.ie

    A floating food market is one of a number of ideas being mooted for in Grand Canal Dock by Waterways Ireland. Such a scheme would include a waterfront dining area and a co-working space along with the “curated, carefully selected floating village market on canal barges”, as suggested in a feasibility study conducted late last year....


Monday 25 February

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  • Nominate Swindon's canal for Ramblers' Association 'best walking' award swindonadvertiser.co.uk

    Walkers who enjoy the bucolic peace and beauty to be find alongside the Wilts and Berks canal, even in the middle of a busy town like Swindon can nominate it for a national award. The Ramblers' Association is looking for nominations for Britain's Best Walking Neighbourhood - and the Canal and River Trust says Swindon walkers can nominate their favourite waterway spot....


Friday 22 February

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  • Call to light up Coalisland canal walkway midulstermail.co.uk

    A Mid Ulster councillor is calling for lights to be erected along the entire Coalisland Canal path. SDLP Torrent Councillor Malachy Quinn wants the local Council to carry out the work call as the public realm scheme gets underway in the town centre. Speaking about the proposal he said: “Over recent weeks I have engaged with local people and council staff over future plans for the Coalisland Canal and more precisely the walkway which stretches all the way from Coalisland town centre to the high bridge at Derrytresk....


Friday 15 February

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  • Competition for Grand Union Canal towpath in London architectsjournal.co.uk

    The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) has launched a design contest for a new public realm intervention on the banks of the Grand Union Canal beneath the Westway The two-stage competition invites architects, landscape architects, designers and artists to submit ‘engaging and exciting’ concepts to transform the derelict motorway undercroft into a waterfront public space. Judges include AJ technical editor Fran Williams. The call for concepts – backed by Westminster City Council – aims to deliver an ‘experimental cross section’ which boosts public interest and engagement with the neglected canal towpath in the Harrow Road area of North Kensington. The winner will receive £30,000 to install their scheme in time for this year’s festival in June....


Thursday 14 February

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  • How the age of canal building returned to Lancashire lep.co.uk

    When a group of volunteers set about finishing a project first started more than 20 years ago they wrote their own pages in Lancashire’s history. Project chairman Cliff Fazackerley has written a new book charting the creation of the Ribble Link The Ribble Link owes its origin to the canal mania of more than 200 years ago, when the original Lancaster Canal was constructed. It was designed to run from the coalfields at Westhoughton, near Bolton, and continue through Preston and Lancaster to Kendal. ...


Tuesday 12 February

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  • £20,000 to restore Wappenshall Wharf shropshirestar.com

    The Shrewsbury and Newport Canals Trust (SNCT), which is leading the campaign to redevelop Wappenshall Wharf near Telford, has received a £20,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation, an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in science, health, education and the arts and humanities. The money is a valuable boost to plans that will see the warehouses restored and a visitor centre created that will pay homage to Thomas Telford, Shropshire’s most celebrated civil engineer....


Monday 11 February

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  • Forth & Clyde canal bridge repairs ‘to last 30 years’ falkirkherald.co.uk

    Canal bridges at Twechar and Bonnybridge which have been out of order for more than a year will now be fully functional for up to three decades. That’s how long Scottish Canals expects crucial repairs to last on bridges whose faults have blocked boat traffic on the Forth and Clyde Canal since early last year. Work got underway on Monday, thanks to a £1,625m bail-out grant from the Scottish Government, and the canal will finally be able to fully reopen in spring ...

  • Youngsters rescued from canal after taking out boat without any oars bristolpost.co.uk

    Three youths had to be rescued from the Bath canal this weekend. The youths were rescued by firefighters from Bath Fire Station on 9th February after they went out onto the water in a boat which didn’t have any oars....


Friday 8 February

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  • Funding to restore historic Swansea Canal into 'visitor destination' itv.com

    Over £300,000 of funding has been announced to regenerate a historic Swansea Canal into a major visitor destination. The regeneration work is due to start in Autumn. Over 6,700 cubic metres of silt will be removed from the channel to allow Swansea Canal Society to operate a trip boat, while volunteers will undertake a number of repairs....


Wednesday 6 February

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  • Canalside Leamington 'being overrun with students' leamingtonobserver.co.uk

    Plans to build accommodation for nearly 300 students alongside the canal in Leamington have been shelved. Business owners in the Althorpe Street area teamed up to create Althorpe Street Developments but the planning application to Warwick District Council – which received nearly 100 objections online – has since been withdrawn. Many nearby residents say south Leamington is becoming overrun with students and the proposed development – which if given the green light would have been built around 100 metres from The Union student accommodation, which has 187 bedrooms and was built around two years ago – would only add to the problem....

  • Castle stay is prize in Lancaster Canal draw thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

    To help celebrate 200 years since the Lancaster Canal's Northern Reaches were completed, a baronet is offering a two-night stay at his medieval castle. Sir Humphry Wakefield is also donating fine wines from his cellar at Chillingham Castle, in Northumberland, to the bicentenary prize draw launched by the Owd Lanky Boaters Group....


Thursday 17 January

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  • Pictures from the 1940s reveal how children who lived on canal barges went to school dailymail.co.uk

    No time for playground argy-bargy! Amazing pictures from the 1940s reveal how children who lived on canal barges also went to school on a BOAT Post-Second World War pictures give an insight into how children on barges also attended schools on boats Among the images include children sat in class, pupils practising the alphabet and kids playing games Despite laws and regulations, many boat children were unable to attend school due to constantly moving ...


Wednesday 16 January

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Monday 14 January

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  • Narrowboat moved to mystery location in order to recover storage fees expressandstar.com

    Steve McDonald sold his narrowboat to a man in April 2016, and allowed him to refurbish the boat on his land in Cannock before transporting it to a canal. But after the man did a disappearing act - for the second time - Mr McDonald lost the sale of the land it was on and has had to take matters into his own hands by transporting it to a secret location from his home in Pear Tree Close, Huntington. The 62-year-old retired builder has now forked out £680 for a crane to lift the boat onto a truck to be taken to another location, and has said told the boat's buyer will have to pay the fees before being told where the vessel is....


Thursday 10 January

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  • Step in to the heart of The Falkirk Wheel scottishcanals.co.uk

    Scottish Canals unveils a special VIP tour of the inside of the Falkirk Wheel on 23rd-24th February. The video hints at a '2001-style' walkthrough. ...

  • Bradford Council approves plans for 74 houses canalside at Shipley. thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    Bradford Council has approved plans for 74 houses on the new Swanside development in Dock Lane, Shipley, alongside the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The two-hectare plot of brownfield land is currently empty and has been for a decade, following the closure of a factory at the southern end of the site, and outline plans for 80 homes on the site were approved in November 2017....

  • Christmas WRG canal camp on Stroudwater stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    Volunteers cleared a neglected section of canal during the festive season, bringing the full restoration of the waterway ever closer. Forty volunteers from across the country participated in a residential canal camp, during which they worked on a section of the waterway near Whitminster. The Waterways Recovery Group’s annual Christmas camp between Christmas and New Year saw the team hard at work, while most of us were tucking into turkey sandwiches and watching festive films on TV....


Tuesday 8 January

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  • Uh-oh, CRT confirm Middlewich aqueduct leak winsfordguardian.co.uk

    The Canal and River Trust has confirmed that there is a leak in the Middlewich aqueduct in Nantwich Road. 0 comment The leak had been spotted by residents shortly after the £3.2 million repair works were completed on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. A spokesperson for the Canal and River Trust said: "There is a leak at the Middlewich aqueduct. It was leaking quite a lot between Christmas and new year but isn’t that bad as of today....


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