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Thursday 8 October

Rufford Branch Reopens

Following a two month-long emergency stoppage and £550,000 repair bill, the Rufford Branch of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has reopened to boats. 

The waterway was closed in late July after a 200-year old culvert that passes underneath it collapsed. The affected section between locks 4 and 5 was immediately dammed and drained to allow the repairs to take place, which involved removing some 600 tonnes of peat to access the wooden culvert and replace it with two new modern 750mm plastic pipes.

At the time, Canal & River Trust promised boaters the breach would be fixed by 25th September, and it met the deadline with a day to spare. 

CRT project manager Graham Ramsden said: "Our staff and contractors have been working hard to make sure we re-opened the canal as quickly as we possibly could to ensure boaters could use it and enjoy their onward journeys."

Andrew Denny  | 11.15am

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Tuesday 6 October

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  • The Kirk on the Union Canal churchofscotland.org.uk

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Tuesday 29 September

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  • First ever World Barge Pulling Championships at Beverley Beck hailed a success hulldailymail.co.uk

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Thursday 17 September

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  • Chesterfield Canal gets crime money derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    The Chesterfield Canal will benefit to the tune of £20,850 as a result of a scheme which ploughs criminals’ ill-gotten gain into community projects. The canal is one of five projects focused on improving the environment to have won grants that inject illegally-generated income back into crime prevention. The NICE Fund (Neighbourhoods Investing Criminal Earnings) was launched last year to provide funds projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their communities....

Wednesday 16 September

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  • National Grid in court over Burnley boy’s canal death burnleyexpress.net

    The prosecution of National Grid over the death of Burnley boy Robbie Williamson will take place in Preston in October. Shuttleworth College pupil Robbie Williamson (11) died on April 22nd last year after falling from a pipe while playing with friends on a canal bridge. He slipped from a gas pipe attached to Dugdale Bridge along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lowerhouse Lane and hit his head on the bank before falling into the water....

Monday 14 September

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  • Boy catches unexploded grenade whilst fishing on Grand Union canal itv.com

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Sunday 13 September

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Friday 4 September

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Tuesday 1 September

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Sunday 23 August

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Tuesday 18 August

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  • Recovering Doncaster drug and alcohol users’ rehab is to steer 60ft canal barge doncasterfreepress.co.uk

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Thursday 13 August

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