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Waterways in the Manchester, Pennine & Potteries region have been affected by the recent flooding. Here you can find more details and the most up to date news.
Rochdale Canal update 26 May 2016
With further work now being completed on the towpaths, walls, lock structures, repairs to the Hebden Bridge services and dredging we are pleased that from tomorrow night (Friday 27 May) we will be able to extend the navigable section of the Rochdale Canal towards Lock 15, to the winding at Bridge 24 just above Lock 14. Further work will carry on in the area and we would ask people to use the section with that in mind.Our next big milestone will be the reopening of navigation through Elland Bridge and Crowther Bridge expected at the end of June which will allow people to navigate out of the Rochdale Canal onto the rest of the network for the first time since the floods.Investigation work is under way at the Landslide and repairs have commenced at the breach location, progress is being made although we cannot give a completion date at this point.We appreciate that it has been frustrating for people trapped by the flood damage and thank everyone for their patience so far. We will keep people informed as works progress.
Rochdale Canal Update, 2 April 2016
Works have progressed well in the section between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge, and that section of the canal was able to reopen over Easter as planned.
We said in our last update that the volumes of material needing to be dredged have been far more than expected and that trend has continued. As we progress working down the canal we’ve nearly reached lock 7. When we have finished the dredging in this area we’ll be continuing towards Locks 12 and 13.
The volunteering effort continues with works completed to improve paths around Locks 15 and 17. The only path restrictions now are around the breach and landslide, and above Lock 12.
Manufacture of the replacement toilet/ pump-out at Hebden Bridge is in hand, we’re expecting that to be installed mid April, but don’t have a confirmed date for that yet and will update when we do. The Elsan and water point continue to be operational here.
The operation of Lock 2 continues to be supervised linked to passage at Tuel Lane.
For people coming onto the canal or leaving, there are alternative water points at Tuel Lane and Sowerby Bridge, and Elsan at Sowerby Bridge. Please speak with the lock keeper at Tuel Lane for specific directions.With overall progress hitting targets our expectation of the canal reopening up to the winding above Lock 14 by the end of May remains on track.
We want to take the opportunity to assure everyone that we are doing everything that we can to open the canal as soon as possible this year. It’s been technically very challenging to develop the plan for the investigation that’s needed for the landslide repairs owing to the unstable nature of the ground there.
However, we have established an approach now and are in the final throwes of making the arrangements to carry out the investigation work. As soon as that’s done we should be in a better position to give more information about dates for the reopening of the whole of the canal, so please bear with us and thank you for your patience so far.
Read Richard's blog
Richard Spencer is one of our senior project managers working in the aftermath of the recent flooding. Find out what he's been up to.
Last date edited: 10 April 2017