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'London's Lost Route to the Sea'

Local support for canal project.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust's funds recently increased by £600 thanks to a donation from the Guildford & Reading Branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA).

Lowwood lockThe cheque was handed over at Loxwood Lock by the Chairman and Secretary of IWA Guildford & Reading, prior to a walk along the canal to see the next major restoration site at Southland Lock, led by WACT project manager Eric Walker (left). The money will be put towards the 'Bramley Link', the project that aims to create a 'green corridor' as a public amenity at the northern end of the canal, near its junction with the River Wey. The Bramley Link will be a key element in years to come in rejoining the restored Wey & Arun Canal to the rest of the navigable inland waterways network.

Receiving the donation, Eric Walker said: "The Guildford and Reading Branch of the IWA is special to the Wey & Arun Canal Trust and the cheque would be put towards a study at Bramley"

For further details about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust please call the WACT office on 01403 752403, email to office@weyandarun.co.uk or write to Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 0RH.

Notes for Editors

Further information is available from Bill Thomson, bill_thomson@weyandarun.co.uk, 01296 423033 / 07777 668928

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal, "London's lost route to the sea" was originally opened in 1816 between the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford, and Pallingham, near Pulborough, the head of navigation of the River Arun. It closed in 1871, due to railway competition. Since the 1970s the 23-mile waterway has been the subject of a campaign by volunteers led by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust to restore the route to navigation. Work has been undertaken in a number of locations, most notably the stretch near the Sussex/Surrey border at Loxwood. Over two miles in length, this includes five working locks, two public road crossings, an aqueduct, two farm bridges, and numerous minor works, all built or rebuilt through voluntary effort. Boat trips are available on this stretch, onboard several craft, including the 50-seater electrically-powered Wiggonholt.

Last updated  Friday, 8 July, 2011
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