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Grand Western Canal work on schedule
12:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Devon
RESTORATION work on the Grand Western Canal is ahead of schedule, it has been announced.
The scheme, which started in July, is reconstructing a section of the canal at Halberton which breached during flooding in November last year.
Work so far has focussed on rebuilding the embankment and building up the bed of the canal towards its final profile, which is now a recognisable shape near the Swing bridge and the location of the breach itself. The area west of the Swing bridge has been reprofiled due to minor overtopping and erosion that occurred at some point in the past century.
The embankment is being rebuilt within its existing footprint, but raised slightly in order to provide additional protection against future overtopping. The next phase of the project will be to continue to trim the profile to the final shape ahead of the installation of an impervious liner throughout the length of the embankment. The county council says that repairs are progressing well thanks to the relatively dry recent weather.
Councillor Des Hannon, chairman of the canal’s joint advisory committee and county councillor for Tiverton East, said: “The dry weather's been a huge help with rebuilding the embankment.”
Halberton councillor Ray Radford said: “I have gone regularly to see the progress being made and it will be finished well before the 200-year anniversary festival in May next year.”
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