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Wednesday 29 April

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Tuesday 28 April

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  • Bridgewater Way project gets underway at the canal in Sale and Stretford messengernewspapers.co.uk

    A MAJOR regeneration project which will eventually see a 12-mile stretch of Trafford canalside cleaned up has got underway. ...

  • Study into freight transport on River Trent thisisnottingham.co.uk

    The initial findings of a feasibility study exploring the potential to use the River Trent for transporting freight around the region are to be revealed. ...

  • Canal transport for Yorkshire coal theherald.co.uk

    Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) has agreed a five-year coal supply agreement with UK Coal for its West Yorkshire power station to keep transport costs down. This will be taken from deep mine and open-cast sites, including the nearby Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire. One option for transport between the two locations is canal barge. ...


Monday 27 April

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  • Firm in deep water on dead fish expressandstar.com

    Severn Trent Water could be hauled before the courts over the deaths of thousands of fish killed by a toxic substance in Black Country canals. ...

  • It's all just a bit cuckoo examiner.co.uk

    Hundreds of people gathered at Standedge Tunnel to welcome the last surviving legger. ...


Sunday 26 April

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  • Cameron "names and shames" BW directors news.sky.com

    Mr Cameron took the step of naming some individual public officials on high salaries, including Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards on £400,000 and British Waterways Board bosses Robin Evans, Nigel Johnson, James Froomberg and Phillip Ridal, whose combined salaries reach £900,000 - enough to employ 30 nurses. ...

  • Eight miles of pollution on canals expressandstar.com

    Toxic pollution killing thousands of fish in a Black Country canal has now spread more than eight miles, the Environment Agency said today. ...


Friday 24 April

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  • Union Canal barge is new Edinburgh hotel news.scotsman.com

    It'S not your typical hotel – just 55ft by 11ft, with swans for neighbours and no space for staff. But when Edinburgh's first floating hotel opens on the Union Canal, there will be no shortage of home comforts. ...


Thursday 23 April

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Tuesday 21 April

BW to keep its property

The Treasury has announced, a day earlier than expected, that British Waterways will be allowed to keep its property portfolio - at least for now.

The property had been considered for sale to raise funds for the Government. BW had lobbied furiously to keep it; property development is one of BW's main sources of income for the money used to maintain the waterways.

In the short term, though, BW has been told to place its property in a "dedicated, wholly-owned subsidiary of British Waterways", which the Government says will give it greater clarity on where the money goes. The new company will have its own board, meaning also that BW itself will be able to concentrate on the core task of running the waterways.

And in the long term? The options are still open. The Treasury says only that it is important that BW keeps the property "under current economic conditions"; for the long term, the Treasury will continue to talk to BW about "the appropriate business model to provide a sustainable future for the waterways".

BW is anxious, though, to deny that the new subsidiary is "a first step towards disposal", and Robin Evans, BW's Chief Executive, called the announcement "the right decision".

Richard Fairhurst  | 3.42pm | 1 comment


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