The Canal and River Trust has announced increased expenditure over the next three years.

Expenditure will rise to £85.4 million this year and continue to rise to £93million in 2016/17.
The bulk of the investment is targeted at improving and protecting the waterways for boating. 

The trust’s plans contrast with the Environment Agency who have had to implement a series of cost-saving measures after government grants were cut.

The CRT’s plans for its waterways this year include:

£6m on repairing or reconstructing deteriorating embankments and culverts
£6m on dredging and wall repairs
£2m repairing locks
£4.5m on protecting and improving water supply to parts of the network
£4.5m repairing and strengthening bridges, aqueducts, tunnels and cuttings

Much of the expenditure will be on the canals in the north of England where the percentage of assets in poor condition is highest. But in the south works include lock and bridges repairs on the Oxford and Grand Union Canals, works to Dog Head Stakes Weir on the Kennet & Avon Canal and gate repairs at West India dock in London.

Dredging will include work at 15 locations including the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

Vince Moran, operations director for the Canal & River Trust said: “We’re very pleased to be able to increase our investment in caring for the waterways, making them safer, more resilient and more enjoyable for everyone that visits.

“As well as protecting the fabric of the waterways, the vast majority of this investment - which equates to £230,000 each day - is focussed on improving the waterways for navigation so that boaters in particular will benefit from these works."

Story dated May 8th 2014

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