UK. £350,000 dredging work underway at Llangollen Canal Print E-mail
Monday, 09 October 2006
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A £350,000 dredging programme underway along popular Llangollen Canal will ensure the free flow of visitors to the picturesque waterway well into the future.

The work is scheduled for the main navigation channel and mooring sites between Chirk Aqueduct and Whitehouse Bridge during the next six months, enhancing the quality of cruising and mooring along the canal.

One of the busiest waterways in the country

British Waterways Wales & Border Counties Project Engineer Heather Airlie said the works will maintain the highest levels of customer service along one of the busiest waterways in the country.

"The Llangollen Canal is one of British Waterways’ busiest routes linking into the Montgomery Canal to the south and across the border into England via the Shropshire Union Canal so the work is vital to keep the canal clear for years to come," said Ms Airlie.

The scheme will be eco-friendly, using dredged material for soft bank improvement works and saving money on standard disposal methods. This will broaden the vegetation fringe, encouraging colonisation along a waterway which is a non-statutory wildlife site for much of its length. Dredged material could also play a part as preparation for subsequent towpath improvement work.

Enhancing the wildlife corridor

Howard Griffiths, Maintenance Supervisor for the Llangollen Canal said the dredging will make navigation much easier for boaters between the iconic structures of Chirk Aqueduct and Whitehouse Tunnel.

"Bank protection will also provide stability so towpaths can be maintained into the future. The techniques complement the diverse surroundings whilst enhancing the wildlife corridor," said Mr Griffiths.

Pre-planted coir rolls will be used here, while plain coir will support dredged vegetation. The pre-planted rolls will afford habitat enhancement by the introduction of some rarer species, while the plain rolls will enable vegetation from dredged areas to be recycled, encouraging continuity.

‘Nicopsan’ – vertically woven geo-textile bank support used in conjunction with timber stakes – will also be deployed. It is particularly useful to support eroded banks as it allows vegetation to establish through the fabric in an environmentally friendly way.

More than 11,000 boat trips annually make this waterway one of the busiest and best loved in the UK, as visitors flock to get up close to the spectacular World Heritage site candidate Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and visit the bustling riverside town of Llangollen.
Last Updated ( Monday, 09 October 2006 )
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