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Tuesday 19 January

Today's news from the web

  • British Waterways to rebuild collapsed historic bridge waterscape.com

    A £250,000 restoration project is now underway to rebuild a 200 year old bridge on the Trent & Mersey Canal after it partially collapsed in October 2008. Bridge 20 near Stenson partially collapsed when a tractor and trailer passed over it causing sections of the bridge and the trailer’s load to fall into the canal. ...

  • 'Sinking' canal bridge needs repairs – fast! halifaxcourier.co.uk

    A Grade II listed canal bridge is sinking and is in need of urgent repairs. Stone House Bridge, which crosses Rochdale Canal at Todmorden requires planning permission to complete necessary structural repairs. Without these repairs the condition of the bridge could worsen. ...


Monday 18 January

Today's news from the web

  • Brentford campaigners seek funds for High Court battle richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk

    Campaigners who have taken a Brentford boat mooring proposal to the High Court are calling for help to ensure their challenge is not sunk by legal fees. ...

  • Misuse of locks causes expensive damage waterscape.com

    British Waterways reports that lock paddles left open overnight last week in Hanwell and Enfield by unknown people have caused thousands of pounds worth of water erosion damage. ...

  • Deal brings more security for Thames lock-keepers getsurrey.co.uk

    Lock keepers can feel more secure in their Thames-side homes after an agreement was struck between the government and unions. ...

  • Boat owner says he is a 'plonker' northantset.co.uk

    A man who sparked a dramatic rescue involving more than 20 firefighters and a specialist water rescue team after getting his boat stuck under a bridge has described himself as "a plonker". ...

  • BW to sue ice drivers for cost of recovery thesun.co.uk

    Two stunt nuts face a £12,000 bill for driving on a frozen canal. Andrew Nisbet, 24, and James Naismith, 22, could be sued for the cost of pulling their crashed car from 5ft of water after their crazed thrill-seeking antics. ...


Thursday 14 January

Today's news from the web

  • Cash appeal to relaunch canal barge in Neath thisissouthwales.co.uk

    A CANAL barge that has brought pleasure to thousands of disabled children and other visitors needs help to get afloat again after a series of setbacks. The Thomas Dadford has been operating on the Neath Canal between the town centre and Aberdulais for 20 years. ...

  • Blackspot road work signalled thisisderbyshire.co.uk

    A DATE has been set for safety barriers to be installed next to a canal after a series of accidents in which motorists careered off the road and into the water. ...

  • Fire guts canal boat in Devizes thisiswiltshire.co.uk

    Firefighters spent more than three hours tackling a fire in a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon Canal in Devizes. ...


Wednesday 13 January

Today's news from the web


Tuesday 12 January

All iced up


"Crazy Horse"? Perhaps, but not as crazy as this week's waterway candidate for the Darwin Awards - nutters try to drive a Peugeot along the Union Canal. And fail with predictable results. 

The local papers are full of "don't walk on the ice" stories which, of course, everyone is ignoring as per usual. Nowhere more so than at Well Creek, where skating is a traditional pastime - though this is said to be the first time since 1996 that it's taken place.

Meanwhile, Waterscape's Twitter-fed snow map doesn't appear to be showing anything for us, but maybe you'll have more luck.

Richard Fairhurst  | 1.28pm


Today's news from the web

  • Canal visitor centre could operate from Stroud's former Bell Hotel stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk

    A CANAL visitor centre could be operating in part of Stroud’s former Bell Hotel as soon as April under plans revealed yesterday by the Cotswold Canals Trust. ...

  • Mainmast takeover secures Ship Canal jobs manchestereveningnews.co.uk

    More cargo could soon be transported via the historic Manchester Ship Canal after the firm which bought a previous operator out of administration announced ambitious plans to expand operations. The former Big Ditch Shipping Company is now part of Lincoln-based Mainmast Logistics after it was acquired in December, saving seven jobs and securing work for a number of local contractors. ...

  • Improvements underway on Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath waterscape.com

    Work is about to start to improve a popular stretch of towpath along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Chorley and Adlington. ...

  • A bridge too far on the Sankey sthelensreporter.co.uk

    Sankey Canal campaigners hope a high-profile row over a bridge which was built too low for boats to pass underneath will help boost the chances of the waterway being restored to its former glory. ...

  • Grantham Canal Society campaign against A46 plans granthamjournal.co.uk

    Members of the Grantham Canal Society are continuing their campaign to change the plans for the new A46. ...

  • Who'd splash out £1m on a houseboat? thisismoney.co.uk

    With a price tag of £1m, it is thought to be one of the most expensive houseboats (think barge rather than narrowboat) ever marketed. ...

  • Towpath revamped solihullnews.net

    A canal towpath has been given a make-over in a council-led scheme to clean up the area. ...


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