Bradley Locks Feasibility Study Launched

Bradley Locks Feasibility Study Launched

18 November 2015

A feasibility study to consider the restoration of what will be known as the Bradley Canal was launched at a meeting of CRT’s West Midlands Partnership held on Wednesday 11th November.  

The feasibility study, which was funded by Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Birmingham Canal Navigation Society, Canal & River Trust and The Inland Waterways Association, concludes that the scheme is practical although significant funding will be required.

The restored canal would recreate a 1.5 mile link on the BCN between the Walsall Canal and the New Main Line, by restoring sections of four lost canals, including the Wednesday Oak Loop beyond Bradley Workshops, and the nine Bradley Locks.  

IWA is pleased to have been able to support the study, financially, with advice and through the commitment of local branch members over a long period, which eventually brought the project to the attention of Neil Wyatt of Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, who is also on Canal & River Trust’s West Midlands Partnership, which resulted in the current partnership between the four organisations.  There is also support for the restoration from a local residents association.  

The report will be available on the websites of the four funding bodies.

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