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News article created on 18 October 2012

£1.2 million relining project of Mon & Brec Canal to start this November

A half mile stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal near Llangattock and Dardy will benefit from major engineering work this winter.

This project is vital to making the canal navigable for future decades and extremely important when it comes to protecting the surrounding environment. Lee Bradley

The project, which will see the temporary closure of the canal between bridges 116-118, includes replacing the aged clay canal bed with a new PVC and concrete alternative. The work is essential to ensure the 200-year-old-canal is secure and can continue to thrive well into the future, continuing to support the local businesses and communities that rely on it.  

We're inviting you to find out more about the £1.2million project, the improvements it will bring and how it will affect canal users. Please join us at a drop-in session at the Old Rectory Hotel in Llangattock on the 24 October where you'll be able to quiz our engineers about the work.

Work will begin on 5 November and is scheduled to be complete by mid-March, 2013. During this time canal navigation and the towpath will be closed from lock 115-118.

Jewel of the canal network

Lee Bradley, engineer for the Canal & River Trust, who will be managing the project, said: “The Mon & Brec is one of the jewels of the canal network and a 200 year-old feat of engineering. This project is vital to making the canal navigable for future decades and extremely important when it comes to protecting the surrounding environment.

“We know there is huge interest and support for the Mon & Brec, thousands of people live on it, work on it and visit each year, which is why it continues to thrive. The drop-in session is an opportunity to find out more about why the work is being done. These types of projects are always more successful when the local community has an input, so I would encourage people to come and visit us.”

The drop-in session will run from 6.30-8.30pm at the Old Rectory Hotel, Crickhowell, NP8 1PH. Anyone wishing to attend can drop in between these times. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information about the Mon & Brec, which celebrated its bi-centenary this year, including opportunities to boat, walk, cycle and take part in volunteering and ecology teams visit http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/canals-and-rivers/monmouthshire-and-brecon-canal