Issue date: 24th September 2012
IWA's Chester & District Branch, working with the Boat Museum Society, has instigated a project with Canal & River Trust to discuss ways of improving the Shropshire Union Canal corridor and thus encourage visitors to visit the National Waterways Museum. This project team has now expanded to include members of Cheshire West & Chester Council and Chester Canal Heritage Trust resulting in significant proposals being put forward, including a run-around bus to cover all the key destinations in the area and a "huge steel structure" – similar to the 'Angel of the North’ (proposed by the Council) which would become a tourist destination in its own right but also give access to the canal. A project officer from CRT has been assigned to lead on all these proposals.
Wendy Capelle, CRT's Waterways Manager for the area also reported that her office had put a successful bid into the Trust's national dredging team which should result in the whole corridor being dredged in 2014, along with the area from Chester Basin down to Dee Lock. All of this attention should result in rising visitor numbers at the National Waterways Museum as well as creating a greatly improved cruising experience for those boating there.