From Sheffield to Goole
The Stainforth & Keadby Canal joins the River Trent at Keadby Lock. The New Junction Canal runs between the Stainforth & Keadby Canal at Bramwith Junction and the Aire & Calder Navigation at Southfield Junction. The River Don Navigation runs from the bottom of Tinsley Flight to Bramwith Junction. The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal runs from the head of navigation in Sheffield to the bottom of Tinsley Flight. The Dearne & Dove Canal is proposed for restoration and also joined the River Don Navigation at Swinton.
The River Dun, now the Don, was always navigable up to Doncaster and an Act in 1726 allowed for extension to Tinsley above Rotherham. An Act was passed for the extension of the Dun from Tinsley to Sheffield in 1815 and in 1819 the Sheffield Canal was opened. In 1793, the Act for the Stainforth and Keadby Canal was passed. In 1895, these formed the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation. In 1905, the New Junction Canal opened.
During the twentieth century and as late as the 1980s, improvements were undertaken but delays in implementation meant that most of the traffic had transferred to the roads by the time the improvements were completed.