Next section of the Montgomery Canal open

Jul 18, 2014 Comments Off on Next section of the Montgomery Canal open by

INLAND WATERWAYS: Owen Paterson, MP for North Shropshire, opened a further rewatered 450 metre section of the Montgomery Canal in his constituency at Redwith, Shropshire, on Saturday 19 July, writes Harry Arnold. When the ceremony was planned Mr Paterson was Secretary of State for the Environment but he lost his ministerial job in a government reshuffle a few days before. The six year project led by volunteers from the Shropshire Union Canal Society (SUCS) working with the Canal & River Trust (CRT) restored the 450 metre stretch of the Montgomery Canal between Redwith and Pryces Bridge; using over 45,000 concrete bricks to rebuild the channel. CRT chairman Tony Hales said: “This is remarkable work by volunteers to open up another section of the Montgomery Canal. We can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication which is another big step towards the canal’s full restoration.” SUCS volunteers will now work on the next section over the next two years to restore a 200 metre length which will include rebuilding a culvert. A further 600 metres will also be rebuilt, subject to Heritage Lottery Funding. This latest rewatered section is an addition to the navigable seven miles from the junction with the Llangollen Canal at Frankton Gronwen Wharf, but most boats still won’t be able to use it as there is no turning facility beyond that point. The Montgomery Canal has other currently isolated restored sections including18 miles in Wales centred on Welshpool. – See more 

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