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Tuesday 16 June

Today's news from the web

  • Environmental calls for sea traffic to take Caledonian Canal pressandjournal.co.uk

    The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) are urging vessels sailing from the west coast to the North Sea and vice versa, to take the direct route by using the famous canal. Sepa estimate that using the canal rather than the longer route through the Minch and the stormy seas of the Pentland Firth would save around 7,700 litres of fuel and more than 85% in carbon emissions for a return journey. Sepa estimate that an average journey along the 60 mile canal from Corpach to Inverness would burn around 500 litres of fuel, compared with an average 3,850litres for the longer trip....

  • Young and old Poddle for Wey & Arun Canal chichester.co.uk

    On a sunny day with a cooling breeze, 142 people strolled across the South Downs for the Wey and Arun Canal Trust. Proceeds from the annual Poddle last Sunday totalled £6,750 and with the Gift Aid on most of the proceeds, the trust was able to top it up to more than £8,000. The money will go to restoration projects along the length of the canal, which runs 23 miles from Pallingham to Shalford in Surrey....

  • Building a bridge by 3D printing mx3d.com

    Mx3D is to 3D print a steel bridge. Really. With our robots that can “draw” steel structures in 3D, we will print a bridge over water in the center of Amsterdam. We research and develop groundbreaking, cost-effective robotic technology with which we can 3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form. The ultimate test? Printing an intricate, ornate metal bridge for a special location to show what our robots and software, engineers, craftsmen and designers can do....

  • The low waterway bridge that doesn't open - instead, ships submerge to pass under marineinsight.com

    A major road bridge with no need to open because ships ‘submerge’ under it – this is the new Tilting Lock invented by Dutch engineers at Royal HaskoningDHV. The Tilting Lock (Kantelsluis) is a floating structure which has two separate water filled channels with space for five yachts at a time. When the lock is level, the water surface in both channels is 4 metre lower than the water in the river. To start service the lock will tilt in order to raise the level of one of the channels to meet the water level outside the Tilting Lock....

Thursday 11 June

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  • 3D Printed Steel Pedestrian Bridge Will Soon Span an Amsterdam Canal 3dprint.com

    The oldest of Amsterdam’s approximately 1,280 bridges in use dates back to 1648. The city is famous for its beautiful canals and waterways, and Dutch engineers have long made their names in constructing ways around the “Venice of the North.” Tourists are encouraged to visit one particular bridge on the Herengracht canal, from which they can see 15 bridges in one view. In addition to bridges, the Netherlands has been gaining fame across the board for its reputation in the global 3D printing arena. Now, the two are being brought together in an amazing feat of engineering prowess as Heijmans, MX3D, and Joris Laarman Lab collaborate on a first-of-its-kind project: a 3D printed steel pedestrian bridge that will span one of Amsterdam’s historic canals....

  • 'Concern' over HS2 canal bridges google.com

    The Canal & River Trust has raised “concern” over the bridges to be used by the £43bn High Speed 2 (HS2) project. There will be 40 interfaces between the ultra-modern rapid rail link from London to the North and the Canal & River Trust’s historic network of inland waterways. “How do we ensure that these huge proposals take account of the special context and character of our waterway world?” asked the trust’s urban design team manager Marcus Chaloner. ...

  • £4.2m for canal towpath upgrades in Black Country expressandstar.com

    Canal towpaths across the Black Country will be spruced up as part of a £4.2 million package of improvements to encourage cycling and walking. Links between canals and vital services will be created and existing cycle routes refurbished as part of the scheme, with work set to get underway this week. The 'Managing Short Trips' project is being carried out by public transport co-ordinator Centro in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and councils in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton....

  • North Walsham & Dilham Canal information day edp24.co.uk

    It is one of Norfolk’s forgotten gems, neglected for decades and overlooked even by many locals. But enthusiasts hoping to breathe new life into the North Walsham and Dilham Canal used the weekend to bring attention to this derelict piece of the region’s heritage. The waterway - the county’s only canal with locks - was celebrated at an annual event at Ebridge Mill Pond, at which those working to restore sections of the route met to discuss their work and allow the public to find out more....

  • Worcester first canal festival worcesternews.co.uk

    The first three-day Worcester Canal Festival at Lansdowne Park starts tomorrow, Friday 12th June. As part of the event, part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the Worcester to Birmingham Canal, the nearby Chestnut pub in Lansdowne Road will be selling a selection of lager, ale and cider at £3 a pint, with all proceeds going to the charities supported by the festival....

Wednesday 10 June

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  • Montgomery Canal towpath in Powys complete bbc.co.uk

    A project to restore Montgomery Canal's towpath in Powys has been completed. The path between Four Crosses and Carreghofa, near Llanymynech, is open to walkers, cyclists and anglers. Canoe access points have also been created. It is the final section of towpath to be upgraded as part of a £1m investment linking Newtown and Welshpool. The work has been carried out by the Canal and River Trust in Wales, with help from Powys council and the Welsh government....

  • New signpost marks spruced-up junction of Kennet & Avon Canal with the River Avon in Bath bathchronicle.co.uk

    A shiny new signpost now graces the spruced-up spot where the Kennet and Avon Canal meets the River Avon in Bath. The finger signpost was unveiled at the end of a volunteer project to clear 50 years of unrestricted plant growth at the junction and plant anew. Volunteers from the Bath and Bristol branch of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust did the clearing and planting....

  • Cosmetics brands commit to scrub microplastics from their products mcsuk.org

    Retailers and cosmetics brands have washed their hands of microplastics in personal care products. Thousands of pledges from members of the public to "Scrub it out!" have helped us convince many retailers and brands that washes, scrubs, gels and pastes made from natural products are just as effective as any with microplastics, and won't damage our seas....

Tuesday 9 June

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  • Clean-up operation under way after ‘deliberate’ fuel spill on GU in Northamptonshire northamptonchron.co.uk

    A massive fuel spill at a Northamptonshire marina has now been contained by the Environment Agency and the clean-up operation has started. Ten people were evacuated and assessed by paramedics after thousands of litres of fuel leaked into Grand Union Canal at Gayton Marina on Saturday. Northamptonshire Police have launched an investigation and have described it as a “criminal act”. An Environment Agency spokesman said today the leak has been stopped and specialist contractors are currently on-site carrying out clean-up operations....

Monday 8 June

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  • Two people and dogs rescued from boat run aground on River Severn worcesternews.co.uk

    Firefighters rescued two people and two dogs from a boat that had run aground on the River Severn near Worcester yesterday evening (Saturday, June 6). Crews were alerted to the problem just after 6pm, on a stretch of the river north of Bevere lock....

Friday 5 June

Today's news from the web

  • Chester canal lock keeper helps rescue mother and baby chesterchronicle.co.uk

    A lock-keeper helped save the life of a mother and baby during a dramatic incident on the canal near Chester’s Telford’s Warehouse on 4th June. Paddy McGovern, a Canal & River Trust operative, was working at Northgate Locks about 11am when he heard screaming after a young woman and her tiny infant fell in to the deepest part of the canal, under the railway bridge. She had been startled after pigeons flew into her face, causing her – and the pram she was pushing – to end up in the water although it is unclear whether she was holding the baby at the time. Paddy and passer-by ‘Laura’ ran to the aid of the mother who, while still in the water, was holding her baby aloft....

  • Stretch of historic Newry to Portadown canal to be reflooded bbc.co.uk

    A four-mile stretch of an historic canal is to be reflooded for the first time in almost 75 years. New lock gates have been fitted on a section of the Newry to Portadown canal between Poyntzpass and Scarva. Finished in 1742, it is the oldest man-made canal in Britain and Ireland. Volunteers have spent almost 1,000 hours making and fitting the gates which have now been closed to allow a build-up of water. Ultimately, it is hoped the section will be used by shallow draft boats and canoeists. ...

  • Rebirth of canals in Wigan is inspired wigantoday.net

    When I first came to live in Wigan more than a quarter century ago, the canals were not, by and large, places you would want to visit unless you had to. The Pier was in its tourist attraction pomp, but most of the waterways and towpaths leading to it were polluted and overgrown. Then came the revolution and, little by little, these historic highways were reclaimed, not as commercial arteries as of old but as attractive leisure routes for foot, bike and boat....

Thursday 4 June

BBC seeks boaters for Home Away From Home TV show

The producers of BBC TV's Home Away From Home show are looking for canal boat owners interested in appearing on the programme, which they are about to begin filming. 
Home Away From Home watches couples from around the country swap homes with one another for three days. 

"It’s a chance to have a new experience and discover local cuisine, sight-seeing that goes beyond the guide book, and an authentic place to stay," says the producer's blurb. 

"It might be that people are considering a home swap for the first time or have swapped many times before. It’s very much a warm-hearted series and celebrates the beauty of our homes and localities in the UK." 

Time is short: they are starting to film this month, and expect to wrap it up by the end of August.  They've got other types of houses lined up, but no boats yet. 

Call Emma Linstead of the BBC on 0208 008 1468 if you fancy swapping your boat home, and appearing on telly, for a few days. 

Andrew Denny  | 1.12pm | add a comment

Tuesday 2 June

Consultation on Glos & Sharpness bridges

The Canal & River Trust has started an online consultation asking boaters and local residents about proposed changes to the way the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal lift and swing bridges operate.

CRT proposes to install remote control technology on the canal bridges, allowing boaters to operate the bridges remotely from their smartphones. Many of the bridges are passable without opening, and others can’t be opened during rush hour traffic, but it would reduce the need for bridge keepers on site. At this stage there is no talk of job cuts, although inevitably it would reduce the need for staff on site.

The survey will run until the 30th of June.To find out more about the plans and take part in the survey, please visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/gsbridges.

Andrew Denny  | 11.37am | add a comment

Thursday 28 May

Today's news from the web

  • Waterways holidays in Britain: From canoeing in Scotland to narrowboating in the Pennines independent.co.uk

    There are many adventures to be had on canals and rivers,writes Paul Miles. Our television screens have been awash with programmes about travelling along canals of late, a trend kick-started by Barging Round Britain with John Sergeant earlier in the year and climaxing with BBC4's much-talked-about, two-hour "slow television" narrowboat cruise, The Canal. Britain has more than 2,000 miles of navigable inland waterways; once a cutting-edge transport network of the Industrial Revolution, today these liquid highways offer a route to relaxation....

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