CRT Investment Plans for 2014/1501 May 2014
CRT has outlined its investment plans for the next three years. Expenditure is to rise to £85.4 million in 2014/15 and continue to rise to £93 million in 2016/17.
CRT’s planned major works expenditure for the year includes:
- £6m on repairing or reconstructing deteriorating embankments and culverts
- £6m on dredging and wash 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
CRT has said much of the expenditure will be on the canals in the north of England where the percentage of assets in poor condition is highest. This includes major works to fix the leaking Horbury Culvert on the Calder & Hebble Navigation; repairs to the Bosley and Elton reservoirs in its Manchester & Pennines region; and works to the Barlow Wood and Calverly embankments on the Peak Forest and Leeds & Liverpool canals respectively.
Across the rest of the country, planned works include a programme of grouting on various lock walls; stabilising and repairing bridges on the Oxford and Grand Union ; works to Dog Head Stakes Weir on the Kennet & Avon Canal; and gate repairs at the West India Dock in London's Docklands.
The dredging works are the next stage in CRT’s enhanced programme of £80m over ten years and will include work at fifteen locations, three of which are the Slough Arm, Grand Union Canal and the Birmigham Canal.
In addition, the general waterway expenditure budget will include:
- £4m investment in lock gate replacements
- £6.5m on planned preventative works to minimise breakdowns
- £8.5m on fixing high priority faults
- £9m on vegetation and waste management
Photo: Slough Arm, Grand Union Canal (photo by Lucy Smith)