Rochdale canal reopens

The devastation caused by the Boxing Day floods
The devastation caused by the Boxing Day floods
The Rochdale Canal has reopened after a £3m programme of works
The Rochdale Canal has reopened after a £3m programme of works
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The historic Rochdale Canal has reopened after a £3m programme of works, necessitated by devastating Boxing Day floods.

The works were carried out by the Canal & River Trust and reinstates the east-west route.

Some of the most severe damage was around Todmorden where the floodwaters washed away a 15m section of canal bank allowing water to drain out of the canal onto nearby allotments.

Contractors have filled the void in the bank, repaired the canal walls, relined the bed of the canal and reinstated the towpath.

Also near Todmorden a landslip blocked the canal with earth, trees and debris from adjoining land. Specialist contractors have now installed steel piling along the edge of the canal to protect the slope whilst the earth and debris was removed.

 “We’re delighted that the canal can be reopened, it’s a really significant moment for boaters and the local community,” said David Baldacchino, waterway manager for the Canal & River Trust.

“It’s been a long, hard year and the repairs we were left with to get this 200 year old canal back up and running were far from straightforward. Almost overnight we were faced with a number of really challenging and complex engineering projects.”

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