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Planning & design
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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We're planning to make improvements to a number of weirs on the Regent’s Canal, making them even more efficient during periods of heavy rain.
Staff play a hidden role ensuring London’s canals stay safe during heavy rains.
We're proposing to give the existing weirs crenulated edges, which will increase surface area and allow higher volumes of water to flow over them. This will reduce the risk of flooding to neighbouring properties and businesses during storms. The works will also enable us to accept surface water discharges from new developments in the area and will allow us to safely reduce the resources needed to deal with water control in bad weather.
The proposed improvements are to be carried out to weirs that are located in locks along the Regent’s Canal. We will carry out environment and heritage assessments, including a survey of each lock to ensure any works will not damage the original lock. If there is a need in future to restore the locks to their original purpose, the works will be able to be reversed. The works will also include dredging around the weirs.
We have sent the proposals to local stakeholders for consultation, including Friends of Regent’s Canal, the Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society, the Inland Waterways Association and the Trust’s own London Waterway Partnership.
Jon Guest, London waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, says: “Our staff play a hidden role ensuring London’s canals stay safe during heavy rains. The plans to improve the weirs offer an opportunity to reduce the risk of flooding along the Regent’s Canal and give us even greater control of water management. Britain’s weather can be unpredictable, as this week’s storms have shown!”
Emergency appeal launched following breach on the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal
23 March 2018
Try canal boating at Drifters national open day
22 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
'Plasberg' eyesore removed from River Aire
Local people sought to help care for the Grantham Canal
20 March 2018
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018