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Author Topic: Stroudwater Canal to be reconnected to the network  (Read 1007 times)
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« on: October 16, 2020, 04:11:09 pm »

https://www.stroud.gov.uk/news-archive/lottery-bid-success-will-make-stroud-and-stonehouse-canal-towns-after-70-year-break

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Stroud and Stonehouse are set to become canal towns once again, following The National Lottery Heritage Fund?s decision to grant ?8.9 million to the Cotswold Canals Connected Project.

The exciting decision, announced today, means that the five miles of canal already restored will be connected to the national inland waterway network at Saul Junction.

The canal, known as the Stroudwater Navigation, was formally abandoned by an Act of Parliament in 1954.

?This important section of canal restoration greatly helps us to pursue our vision of eventually completing the canal route from the River Severn to the River Thames,? added Mr White. ?We can now start planning the restoration of the canal from South Cerney to Lechlade.?

Work on the stretch between Stonehouse and Saul is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Work is already underway on Whitminster roundabout and the new railway bridge at Stonehouse Ocean near St Cyr?s Church.

Enormously good news. This will be the most significant addition to the canal network since the Droitwich Canals reopened in 2011 (there've been a couple of locks opened on the Bow Back Rivers since, but this is more significant, I think).
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2020, 05:26:46 pm »

One of the advantages that canal reopenings have over railway reopenings is that volunteer labour can be used.

It''s rather a pity that we cant ask those volunteers to scramble up the bank and rebuild Stonehouse Bristol Road station whilst theyre up there
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 08:09:54 pm »

I've been a member of the canal society for pushing towards 20 years and this is certainly the single biggest piece of news since then.  Not to forget of course that shovels are already in the ground at the A38 roundabout which has been a challenging part of closing the gap. I gather the railway bridge obstacle at Ocean is also to be addressed fairly soon.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 08:36:06 pm »

I can't work out from that report what is new. Work on the roundabout was well under way last year (I believe there's a thread about it) similarly at the Ocean bridge. So what does the new money cover? Or is it a reannouncement?
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 09:17:59 pm »

The HLF award is for all the other bits between Saul Juction and Ocean.

The ?4m, from Highways England, is for helping to restore the previously obliterated "missing mile" which includes the current work on the A38 Whitminster Roundabout (and the M5 crossing?).
The ?800k+ amount from the HLF about a year ago was to develop the current plan to link up the canal and today's award is to complete the remaining 3-4 miles extra to the missing mile.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2020, 10:10:09 pm »

The HLF award is for all the other bits between Saul Juction and Ocean.

The ?4m, from Highways England, is for helping to restore the previously obliterated "missing mile" which includes the current work on the A38 Whitminster Roundabout (and the M5 crossing?).
The ?800k+ amount from the HLF about a year ago was to develop the current plan to link up the canal and today's award is to complete the remaining 3-4 miles extra to the missing mile.

So does that mean we?ll be able to reach Stroud from Gloucester and the rest of the system?
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2020, 12:30:43 am »

The HLF award is for all the other bits between Saul Juction and Ocean.

The ?4m, from Highways England, is for helping to restore the previously obliterated "missing mile" which includes the current work on the A38 Whitminster Roundabout (and the M5 crossing?).
The ?800k+ amount from the HLF about a year ago was to develop the current plan to link up the canal and today's award is to complete the remaining 3-4 miles extra to the missing mile.

So does that mean we?ll be able to reach Stroud from Gloucester and the rest of the system?

Yes.  The section between Stonehouse and Stroud (phase 1a) was done first as in many ways it was seen as the most difficult....even if it meant the restored section, now just about complete, was not linked to the national network.  Phase 1b, sometimes referred to as Cotswold Canals Connected involves linking Phase 1a with the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal (and hence the national network) at Saul Junction.  The HLF award will complete the work already started on Phase1b.
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2020, 02:06:34 pm »

There are some good pics of the work to be done at https://www.cotswoldcanals.net/photo_index.php?cid=1b

(You can also browse through the site and explore the remaining derelict sections of the canals. There'll be a couple of tricky railway crossings heading east from Stroud, but that's currently allocated to "Phase 3"...)
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2020, 11:14:39 pm »

There are some good pics of the work to be done at https://www.cotswoldcanals.net/photo_index.php?cid=1b

(You can also browse through the site and explore the remaining derelict sections of the canals. There'll be a couple of tricky railway crossings heading east from Stroud, but that's currently allocated to "Phase 3"...)

I walked a fair chunk of the last couple of miles to Sapperton summit a couple of years back. A good pub there...
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2020, 11:58:09 pm »

There are some good pics of the work to be done at https://www.cotswoldcanals.net/photo_index.php?cid=1b

(You can also browse through the site and explore the remaining derelict sections of the canals. There'll be a couple of tricky railway crossings heading east from Stroud, but that's currently allocated to "Phase 3"...)

I walked a fair chunk of the last couple of miles to Sapperton summit a couple of years back. A good pub there...

The Daneway perchance?
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2020, 08:09:25 am »

There are some good pics of the work to be done at https://www.cotswoldcanals.net/photo_index.php?cid=1b

(You can also browse through the site and explore the remaining derelict sections of the canals. There'll be a couple of tricky railway crossings heading east from Stroud, but that's currently allocated to "Phase 3"...)

I walked a fair chunk of the last couple of miles to Sapperton summit a couple of years back. A good pub there...

The Daneway perchance?

That would be the Tunnel House Inn at the south tunnel entrance between Coates and Tarlton. My mother lived in Tarlton for a time and it was sort of the village pub.  Except it wasn't in the village or on the Coates road, the quickest way was to walk across the fields on the footpath.
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2020, 11:10:33 am »

The Daneway used to be known as a bikers' pub. Can't remember where the scooter boys favoured. That was back in the 1980s, all a bit different now.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2020, 11:58:38 am »


That would be the Tunnel House Inn at the south tunnel entrance between Coates and Tarlton.

https://www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk/news/18727509.tunnel-house-inn-near-cirencester-announces-closure/  Sad
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2020, 01:23:19 pm »

That would be the Tunnel House Inn at the south tunnel entrance between Coates and Tarlton. My mother lived in Tarlton for a time and it was sort of the village pub.  Except it wasn't in the village or on the Coates road, the quickest way was to walk across the fields on the footpath.

Ah yes, took a look at it....years back.....It looked quite inviting but it was out of opening hours at the time.  The restored canal should have a fair few interesting places to stop off at for a spot of refreshment whether on foot of by boat/barge/ canoe. I would imagine the proprietors would welcome it too.

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« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2020, 10:46:48 pm »

There are some good pics of the work to be done at https://www.cotswoldcanals.net/photo_index.php?cid=1b

(You can also browse through the site and explore the remaining derelict sections of the canals. There'll be a couple of tricky railway crossings heading east from Stroud, but that's currently allocated to "Phase 3"...)

I walked a fair chunk of the last couple of miles to Sapperton summit a couple of years back. A good pub there...

The Daneway perchance?

That would be the Tunnel House Inn at the south tunnel entrance between Coates and Tarlton. My mother lived in Tarlton for a time and it was sort of the village pub.  Except it wasn't in the village or on the Coates road, the quickest way was to walk across the fields on the footpath.

It was actually the Daneway - on the Stroud side of the tunnel. Though I have been to the Tunnel House too. Both pretty good pubs, if I remember correctly.
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