The Canal & River Trust is planning to carry out £15m of dredging in the next two years as part of an £80m 10-year dredging programme.
“We have agreed a two-year extension of our dredging contract with Land & Water to complete the increased amount of work,” the trust confirmed.
Vince Moran, operations director at the trust, said: “Land & Water is a great partner and has carried out some fantastic work. The extension of our contract with them will bring even more benefits to boaters over the coming years.”
The work will include both mainline dredging and regular spot dredging. The spot dredging programme aims to identify locations where smaller scale but regular dredging should take place to improve navigation where, for example, the depth of a canal might generally be sufficient but isolated spots might cause problems for boaters.
A £2m programme of spot dredging is being developed for the current financial year with investigations taking place in 75 places across the country. These range from the tidal gates on the River Don to the Lancaster Canal to the River Lee.
In addition £5.3m-worth of dredging is being carried out on 11 major projects. One project, at Zouch on the River Soar, has already been completed and a further two projects are currently being worked on at Leicester on the Soar, and on the Trent & Mersey Canal between Aston and Iron Bridge. The dredging team has also started developing projects for the next two years.