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Cotswold Canals' Project overcomes latest waterways' blockage in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

By The Citizen  |  Posted: June 25, 2013

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IT'S now water all the way from Capel's Mill to Wallbridge as the Stroud canals' restoration presses on apace.

A water feeder channel has just been created between the new channel at Capels Mill and Wallbridge Lock.

A special Swedish-designed and built amphibious excavator was used.

Its operator Damien Hobbis did all the work in reverse and explained: "I started where I was afloat and worked backwards to allow the Capel's water to follow me down to Wallbridge."

The Stroud District Council-led Cotswold Canals Project is undertaking the reopening of the waterways and its spokesman Dave Marshall said: "This was a stop gap measure."

Backpumping had taken place but if the trench hadn't been cut through silt blocking the route, fish might have died, Mr Marshall said.

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