The Trent & Mersey Breach re-opened 2nd May 2013
Opening Photos from the opening ceremony covered by BBC 'One Show'
on 2nd May.
Following breaches at Dutton Hollow and Croxton Flash on 26th & 27th September 2012 the Trent & Mersey Canal was closed between Middlewich and Preston Brook.
The problems at both these locations was due to heavy rain with the subsequent collapse of the embanked towpath leading to breaches of the canal banks. Stop planks have been inserted at these locations and the water levels have been maintained in the canal between Croxton and Dutton.
Many boaters have found themselves isolated between the breached sections and the IWA Chester & District Branch worked with Canal and River Trust to assist narrow boat skippers to get their boats back on the main lines via. the Shropshire Union Canal at Ellesmere Port.
This journey involved transits of the Anderton Boat Lift, River Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal.
Escape From Anderton
Convoy Photos 17th Oct.
Joining the Manchester Ship Canal
at Weston Marsh Lock
On the Ship Canal at Ince
Passing shipping on the Ship Canal
Safely back on the main line at Ellesmere Port
(photos Mike Carter)