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Inland Waterways: Repairs and Maintenance

Volume 456: debated on Tuesday 6 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what planned winter maintenance work and repairs British Waterways has (a) cancelled and (b) postponed in the winter of 2007 as a result of reductions to its grant in aid; and what the locations and value of these works were. (118277)

British Waterways has made savings in the order of £5.6 million in its capital projects as a result of the reduction in its grant in aid. Details of these savings are provided in the following table:


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Rowington Embankment, Grand Union Canal

250,000 reduced investment: Reduced investment into refurbishment—there will still be a winter stoppage

Shenton Embankment, Ashby Canal

540,000 deferred: Piling works to embankment deferred

Long Horse Bridge, River Trent

544,000 deferred: Construction of a new pedestrian bridge deferred to 2007-08

Ribble Link

464,000 reduced investment: Temporary stability works to bywash—there will still be a winter stoppage

Trub Farm, Rochdale Canal

586,000 reduced investment: Installation of a bridge and associated approach road—will go ahead, however it will be funded with alternative money—there is a winter stoppage currently in place

Cloughside Farm, Peak Forest Canal

75,000 reduced investment: Rebuilding of a section of towpath wall—there will still be a winter stoppage

Coates Lane Retaining Wall, Leeds and Liverpool Canal

208,000 deferred: Rebuilding a collapsed section of wall deferred to 2007-08 with a revised, cheaper solution

Roddlesworth Embankment, Leeds and Liverpool Canal

300,000 deferred: Stemming of leakage through embankment and raising the height of the wash wall both deferred

Bridge 177a, Grand Union Canal

174,000 deferred: Refurbishment of a footbridge deferred to 2007-08

Stop gates, in the London area

278,000 deferred: Projects deferred and requirements being reviewed

Denham Culvert, Grand Union Canal

174,000 deferred: In-depth investigation into the integrity of the structure deferred

Milton Keynes Culvert, Grand Union Canal

176,000 deferred: Repairs to two culverts deferred

River Severn Dredging

150,000 deferred: Dredging the Upper Partings to Haw Bridge deferred

Burghfield Lock Refurbishment, Kennet and Avon Canal

158,000 reduced investment: Refurbishment of lock - reduced scope of works—there will still be a winter stoppage

Aston Locks 9 and 11, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

252,000 deferred: Refurbishment deferred

Tividale Aqueduct, Old Main Line

133,000 deferred: Aqueduct repairs deferred

Vale Royal Lock, Weaver Navigation

592,000 deferred: Refurbishment deferred

Calverley Wood Embankment, Leeds and Liverpool Canal

485,000 deferred: Embankment refurbishment deferred—reduced scheme planned for 2007-08

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to British Waterways of repairing the breach on the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal that occurred on 17 January. (118278)

British Waterways’ engineers have confirmed that the failure of a culvert brought about the breach in this canal. Estimates for the repair costs are in the order of £500,000 and British Waterways aims to complete the work before Easter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the likely cost to British Waterways is of repairing damage to its waterways caused by the January 2007 storms; and what additional financial assistance is planned to be provided by the Government to enable this work to be carried out. (118279)

British Waterways has assessed the cost to be over £100,000 and makes provision for these types of events within its budget. The Government provide grant in aid which reflects a range of eventualities and look to British Waterways to manage its priorities within its overall budget.