CRT Extends Contract With Land & Water15 June 2015
CRT has announced that it plans to carry out £15 million of dredging in the next two years as part of its £80 million 10-year dredging programme after it agreed a two-year extension of its dredging contract with Land & Water to complete the increased amount of work.
The work will include both mainline dredging and regular spot dredging. The spot dredging programme aims to identify locations where smaller scale but regular dredging should take place to improve navigation where, for example, the depth of a canal might generally be sufficient but isolated spots might cause problems for boaters. Boater feedback is invaluable in helping the Trust’s team prioritise the work.
A £2 million programme of spot dredging is being developed for the current financial year with investigations taking place in seventy-five places across the country. These range from the tidal gates on the River Don to the Lancaster Canal to the River Lee.
In addition £5.3 million of dredging on eleven major projects is being carried out. One project, at Zouch on the River Soar, has already been completed and a further two projects are currently being worked on at Leicester on the Soar, and on the Trent & Mersey Canal between Aston and Iron Bridge. The dredging team has also started developing projects for the next two years.
If boaters have any suggestions of locations that could benefit from dredging they can contact their local waterway, details of which can be found at CRT’s website.