The investment includes a £1.3 million project starting this week to reline the canal at Llangynidr, to prevent leaks, plus £400,000 of upcoming repairs to an aqueduct at picturesque Goytre Wharf. £546,000 has already been spent this year dredging the canal, making it easier for boaters to navigate.
The works forms part of our winter maintenance programme, through which £45million is being spent to give the nation's waterways some TLC at a time when more people than ever are visiting their local canal or river.
A real gem
Nick Worthington, waterway manager at Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales said: “The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal is one of the real gems of the UK's canal system, but it's not an easy one to take care of. It requires constant maintenance to keep it running smoothly, a job made all the more challenging when it's built half way up a hill!
“One thing that's certain is the huge value the canal brings to the local area, both to people working on and around the waterway, and to the visitors who flock to it each year. Doing this work now is essential to making sure the canal is there to be enjoyed for many years to come.”