Welcome news as Rochdale Canal fully reopens

Labour leader Tim Swift has welcomed news that the Rochdale Canal through Calderdale is now fully reopened after repairs to the huge damage caused by the devastating Boxing Day floods.

The Canal and Rivers Trust have spent more than three million pounds on repairing damage throughout the length of Calderdale, including repairing 15m of damaged banking, fixing land slips, and removing hundreds of tons of mud and debris from the canal.

Cllr Swift said: “All our partners have been working incredibly hard to fix the damage to Calderdale caused by the massive flooding last year. In the case of the Canal and River Trust, that work has also been supported by dozens of volunteers giving their time. It’s fantastic news that the 200 year old canal is now fully opened – and we look forward to more good news with the reconstruction of Elland Bridge planned for the end of the year.”

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