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The Breach
The famous breach, which happened in 1936, will finally be repaired and the adjacent 700 metres of canal will also be restored, giving 3 miles of navigable canal from Hall Lane in Little Lever to Water Street in Radcliffe. Work began in September.

Then that will give us a great impetus to get the canal under Water Street in Radcliffe restored, to give us 5 miles of navigable canal.

This is probably the most important thing to have happened to the canal in many years.

Restoration Partnership
This joint steering group includes representatives of the Society, C&RT, the three councils, Watson Homes and United Utilities. We meet regularly discussing strategic issues such as the Restoration Feasibility Study and the Canal Vision document. There are also reports from the councils.

We have regular meetings with C&RT discussing workaday issues including weed spraying, working parties, health & safety, dredging and signage. A new initiative creating storyboards is under way.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham is chairing a series of face-to-face meetings for all interested parties to discuss the future of restoration. Those attending include Canal & River Trust, Environment Agency, Transport for Greater Manchester, United Utilities, councillors from Bolton & Bury, as well as the Society.

Paul Hindle
February 2024

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