News article created on 1 July 2016

Update on £1million dredging project in Staffordshire & Worcestershire

We are half way through an eight month project to dredge sections of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal - from Tixall Lock in Staffordshire to Falling Sand Lock near Kidderminster.

The work, which is costing the Trust £1million, is focusing on areas along the canal where boaters are having difficulty mooring, navigating through bridges or approaching locks. So far 2,472 tonnes of silt – the same in weight as 32 jumbo jets - has been removed from the canal.

Paul Fox, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “So far everything is going really well with this project and already we’re getting good feedback from our boating customers from the areas we’ve completed which is really great to hear.

“We are trying to recycle as much of the silt as possible, using it to backfill gaps in the canals bank and also using it to create new homes for Water Voles.”