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Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2
Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

Electricity underwater: Grand Union Canal tunnel provides power boost for HS2

A "micro tunnel" has been dug under the Grand Union Canal in West London at the moment to deliver electricity to HS2's tunnel boring machines when they start digging the Euston tunnel.

Mar
27
Camden’s Dead Dog Bridge reopens to the public
Camden’s Dead Dog Bridge reopens to the public

Camden’s Dead Dog Bridge reopens to the public

A bridge nicknamed the Dead Dog Bridge next to the Regents Canal in Camden has reopened after it was restored by the Canal and River Trust.

Apr
20
2023
Tickets Alert: Tours of a drained canal lock
Tickets Alert: Tours of a drained canal lock

Tickets Alert: Tours of a drained canal lock

Later this month, one of the locks on the Hanwell flight of locks on the Grand Union Canal will be drained, and there will be a once in a generation opportunity to view the de-watered lock and see the new lock gates from a specially installed temporary viewing bridge.

Nov
01
2022
Tickets Alert: Walk along the bottom of an empty canal
Tickets Alert: Walk along the bottom of an empty canal

Tickets Alert: Walk along the bottom of an empty canal

Next month, one of East London's canals will be drained for repairs to be carried out, and you can walk along the bottom of it.

Jan
28
2022
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal
How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

How the Regent’s Canal ended up carrying electricity instead of coal

When walking along the Regent's Canal are you aware that you're walking just inches above a major electricity cable supplying London with power?

Feb
12
2017
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock
Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Take a tour inside a drained canal lock

Over this weekend, there's a chance to go down to the bottom of one of London's canal locks, while it is being drained for maintenance works.

Feb
03
2017
Repairing the Locks on the Hertford Union Canal
Repairing the Locks on the Hertford Union Canal

Repairing the Locks on the Hertford Union Canal

It is the best of times, it is the worst of times – no not another Dickens 200th anniversary reference, but a description of what it is like to repair canal locks in the middle of winter. Winter is indeed

Feb
05
2012
A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park
A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park

A canal boat tour of the Olympic Park

One of the nicer aspects of the Olympic Park is that they have retained the old canals within the grounds of the park to break the space up and provide much needed "canalside frontage" to the luxury houses that will pay for the regeneration afterwards.

Jul
22
2011

Guided tours of the Locks on the Grand Union Canal

During the winter months, several of the canal locks around the country are refurbished, and this year some of them will also have some open-days to let people have a look around while the water is (presumably) drained away. In

Nov
12
2010

The man who saved our industrial heritage

Today (Thursday) marks the centenary of L.T.C. (Tom) Rolt’s birth on 11 February 1910. Who? Well, Rolt was responsible for saving one of the world’s greatest collections of industrial heritage in the form of Britain’s canal and railway network. He

Feb
11
2010

The annual Towpath Tidy event

The annual Towpath Tidy 2010 is scheduled for 1st to 14th March – where volunteers turn up to help with basic manual labour to clear paths of rubbish or overgrowing plants. Last year, some 1,700 volunteers joined 635 members of

Feb
10
2010