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Restoration

The author spends a week as a volunteer on the Swansea Canal, and finds out first-hand what the prospects are for opening up navigation in this part of South Wales

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Strictly speaking it isn’t a restoration, it’s a revival of an old idea. Could new housing developments and regeneration plans finally bring a canal to Daventry after two centuries?

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Within three years, the first boats are set to return to another restored stretch of the Montgomery Canal, following the launch of a £4m Lottery-backed restoration project

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We visit Carpenters Road Lock in East London, the only lock in the country with two radial guillotine gates, and the last link in the opening up of the area’s waterways

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It might be short, but the Stover Canal is a surviving remnant of a unique transport system which once linked Dartmoor to the coast

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The CRT is urging drivers to slow down after yet another ‘bridge bash’ in December left a repair bill and “a small bit of history lost”

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Boats will not be able to pass each other inside the tunnel if the proposed improvements are carried out

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There is a height restriction of 2.5m for boats travelling udnerneath the bridge

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Access to and from the Leeds & Liverpool, Liverpool Link, Ribble Link and Lancaster has been all but cut off by delayed repairs

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More than 3,000 tonnes of silt and reeds will be removed to “give nature a helping hand”

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Dredging work begins on the Kennet & Avon

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

As well as clearing silt and debris, it is hoped the work will help boost the population of endangered water voles

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The work on the bridges, built by renowned engineer James Brindley, will last three years

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The work is part of essential maintenance planned across the country, with the CRT spending more than £45 million this winter

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Behind the scenes tours around the bridge works site and talks on the project will run on Saturday 26 November

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Mon & Brec repairs boosted by £2.5m

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Improvements are part of a major project to reinvigorate the picturesque waterway and its wildlife from Brecon to Cwmcarn

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Three-mile towpath between Skipton and Bradley now offers better access to the Leeds & Liverpool

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Work begins next year to reopen over a mile of the waterway and a winding hole

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