British Waterways (bless 'em) have been down the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and are dredging it, and will be allowing passage on the offside from 13:00hrs on 19th December. This is excellent news. Plan A is back on. Here's what BW have written:-
19 - 24 Dec 2008
Restriction: Bridge 58 to Shortwood TunnelAssociated Regional Office: BW West Midlands
Due to excessive amounts of silt being washed into the canal navigation is restriced to the offide section of the canal. Dredging in the area may cause some delays where safety dictates this.Please note the canal is closed until 1pm on Friday 19th December 2008British Waterways apologises for any inconvenience caused.
(Enquiries: 01827 252000) More updates as they arrive.
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