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Rushall Canal

The Rushall Canal connects the Daw End Branch of the Wyrley & Essington Canal at Longwood Junction with the Tame Valley Canal at Rushall Junction.

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Facts & Stats

3 miles

(4.8km)

The length of the Rushall Canal that is navigable.

9 locks

From Wyrley & Essington to the Tame Valley Canal

Following the merger of the Wyrley & Essington with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) in 1840 several new connections between them were constructed. The Rushall Canal was opened in 1847 and linked the older Daw End Branch to the new Tame Valley Canal.

Waterway notes

Maximum boat sizes

  • 70′ 11″ (21.62 metres)
  • Beam: 7′ 4″ (2.24 metres)
  • Height: 7′ 5″ (2.26 metres)
  • Draught: 4′ 4″ (1.32 metres)

Navigation authority

Funding of Canal & River Trust waterways

IWA was instrumental in Canal & River Trust receiving a sufficient funding package from Government when the new charity was set up in 2012 to run the waterways previously managed by British Waterways.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

Waterways in Progress Grant: Ashby Canal

£10,000 was awarded the Ashby Canal Trail Project as part of IWA’s Waterways in Progress Grants in 2019.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans

Both the public country park and the private moorings at the old colliery basin at Polesworth on the Coventry Canal will be severely damaged by HS2.

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans

The junction of HS2 with the West Coast Main Line at Abram requires a high embankment that will be visible from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal’s Leigh Branch across the Hey Brook valley.

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans

It is expected that the HS2 viaduct crossing will maintain the headroom and width required by the maximum size of ships that can use the canal – making the structure very high and prominent.