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News article created on 4 March 2015

£60,000 of improvements on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

We've made over £60,000 of improvements to the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons.

Engineers have carried out repairs to banks, bridges and lock gates along the 35-mile waterway, well ahead of the busier boating season that starts in the spring. The two-century old canal is a haven for wildlife and was recently voted the most popular attraction in the Brecon Beacons national park.

Projects undertaken include the refurbishment of stop plank grooves at Jockey Bridge, Pontypool, masonry repairs at Brynich Bridge and bank repairs in Peterstone Wood. The work forms part of our five-month £45 million maintenance programme to improve canals and rivers across Wales and England.

Kevin Phillips, of the Canal & River Trust said: “The Mon & Brec Canal is a real gem, but it’s over 200-years old so needs plenty of TLC. Keeping it running requires constant maintenance, so we’ve used this winter period, when there are fewer boats travelling on the canal, to get as much done as we can.”