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Leeds & Liverpool split into three after emergencies threaten all-winter stoppages.

The Canal & River Trust was counting the increasing cost of supporting the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, after a breach near Blackburn and an emergency lock stoppage on the other side of the summit at Gargrave effectively split the 121-mile canal into three for what might be the whole winter. The canal breached at Rishton, near Blackburn, during the early hours of Monday 11th October, with early reports suggesting the problem was a collapsed culvert. The burst, near Bridge 109, developed from a significant leak detected over the previous weekend, and…
11 October 2021
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Canals cool cities, confirm researchers

Scientists from the University of Manchester have published a report that proves the presence of canals in cities can cool their neighbourhoods during heatwaves by…
25 October 2021
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Obituary: John Coombes 

Many boaters breaking down near Banbury on the Oxford Canal will have counted their blessings that the resident engineer in those parts was John Coombes.…
14 October 2021
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Cam Conservancy contracts out maintenance

The Conservators of the River Cam have contracted out maintenance of the river to a private company, which they say will make it more efficient…
14 October 2021
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Boaters urged to defy London 'no mooring' restrictions

Liveaboard boaters on the Lee Navigation in East London are being urged to ignore or disobey 'No Mooring' signs and rules introduced by the Canal…
14 October 2021
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Towpath mowing trial made permanent

After a six-month trial on around 375 miles of towpaths (approximately 20% of the network) the Canal & River Trust says its new mowing and…
09 October 2021
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Progress on the Stafford Riverway Link

Waterways breakdown and recovery service River Canal Rescue held an impromptu prize draw in September, announcing £100 to one lucky random person who submitted their…
30 September 2021
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CRT promises fix for Sheffield Canal water pumping

Work is finally due to begin on a new water pumping scheme for the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, replacing emergency pumps that have kept Sheffield's…
29 September 2021
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Return of barge-carrying highlights benefits during HGV driver shortage

The Commercial Boat Operators Association has welcomed the return of heavy barge traffic on the Aire & Calder after almost nine months of repairs, following…
22 September 2021
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British Marine announces National Conference

British Marine is holding its inaugural National Conference, Innovate for Success, in Birmingham on 15th-16th March 2022.  The organisation says the pre-season event will allow…
21 September 2021
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CRT staff to use body-worn cameras

The Canal & River Trust is equipping its towpath-based employees with body-worn cameras. The technology, increasingly familiar on police and security teams, will initially be…
13 September 2021
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