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'London's Lost Route to the Sea'

Wey & Arun Canal Trust commissions further design studies.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust is developing a design scheme for the reinstated canal at the northern end of the former inland waterway route between the Rivers Wey and Arun. As part of its preliminary work the Trust is pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded to specialist engineers Water Environment Limited of Wimbledon, for detailed canal alignment and flood relief studies in Surrey in the vicinity of Shalford and Bramley.

Residents of Bramley, who have over many years experienced flooding to their homes, expressed their strong support for these studies which, following detailed hydraulic modelling of the flood plain, will be used to develop flood defence proposals as part of the overall canal design scheme.

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust's Chief Engineer, John Talbot, said: "We are delighted to be taking this significant step forward in the development of our engineering proposals for the Shalford and Bramley section of the Wey & Arun Canal."

Christopher Harrison, the Trust's Project Manager for the Shalford and Bramley reach of the canal reinstatement scheme added: "Following consultation with the Environment Agency and with local authorities on the results of previous preliminary studies, it is important now to investigate fully the detailed aspects of the river basin. We welcome, also, the opportunity to demonstrate that the existing flooding problems, which for many years have been a major concern to residents, can be analysed and understood."

Further information about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust is available from the Trust's office, on 01403 752403.

Notes for Editors

Further information is available from Bill Thomson, bill_thomson@weyandarun.co.uk, 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  Thursday, 4 August, 2011
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