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Rochdale Canal landslide still presents major challenge to trust

The Canal and Rivers Trust (CRT) has said it is making good progress with repairs to the canal network in Yorkshire following December’s flooding but a landslip and breach on the Rochdale Canal still present major challenges.

The trust has said that the failures on the canal in the Calder Valley are major and complex engineering jobs and the timescale for repair are less clear and it has been suggested that work may not start until this autumn.

CRT has estimated the cost of the damage to exceed £10M and despite securing £5.5M from central government, the work will impact on the charity’s infrastructure investment plans elsewhere.

CRT has said that elsewhere on the network repairs have received a significant boost from volunteers and it expects to reopen Rochdale Canal between Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge and the Calder and Hebble Navigation between Cooper Bridge and Figure of Three Locks at Easter. Further sections are expected to be opened from late May onwards.

Nonetheless, reconstruction of the canal around Elland Bridge and Crowther Bridge will be delayed until new foundations for rebuilding of both structures is in place later this summer.

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