Shropshire Union Canal

Start date: December 4, 2021
End date: December 24, 2021
Stoppages & Restrictions

Starts At: Bridge 131, Knolles
Ends At: Bridge 132A, Backford Railway

Update on 21/12/2021:

We are pleased to advise the fallen tree obstructing navigation has been removed and the canal is now open between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Update on 16/12/2021:

Further investigations have concluded that Network Rail are not responsible for the offside land between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Whilst the land still belongs to a third party, we have taken the decision to remove the tree with our contractors to speed up the removal. We have now negotiated access to the third-party land to remove the tree with an excavator and our contractors are currently arranging the required equipment. Our contractors will be onsite next week.

This removal remains a priority for the Trust and our contractors are aiming to remove the tree so we are able to re-open navigation by Wednesday, 22 December.

An update will be provided by Wednesday 22 December.

Update on 15/12/2021:

Our teams continue to liaise with the third party landowners (Network Rail) regarding the removal of the offside fallen tree blocking navigation between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal and the navigation remains closed.

Update on 13/12/2021:

Our teams await an update from third party landowners regarding the removal of the offside fallen tree blocking navigation between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal and the navigation remains closed.

Update on 10/12/2021:

Our contractors continue to work through a number of fallen trees across the region following Storm Arwen. Navigation remains open, and we politely request all customers to navigate through the affected area with care until the windblown tree at Bridge 136, Hawkes House Bridge on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal has been removed.

Update on 10/12/2021:

Our teams await an update from third party landowners regarding the removal of the offside fallen tree blocking navigation between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal and the navigation remains closed.

Update on 07/12/2021:

Our teams continue to liaise with neighbouring landowners regarding the removal of the remaining fallen offside tree blocking navigation between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal and the navigation remains closed.

Update on 03/12/2021:

Our teams are in contact with neighbouring landowners regarding the removal of the remaining fallen offside tree blocking navigation between Bridge 131, Knolles and Bridge 132A, Backford Railway on the Shropshire Union Canal and the navigation remains closed.

A further update will be provided by Tuesday, 7 December. 

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