HC Deb 05 February 1965 vol 705 c348W
Mr. Rose

asked the Minister of Transport what would be the cost of restoring the 12 miles of the Lancaster Canal north of Tewitfield for the purpose of navigation; and what would be the cost of closing and rendering it safe.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I understand that the British Waterways Board estimates that, the cost of restoring the eight miles between Tewitfield and Stainton to pleasure craft standard only would be about £40,000. There would also be a considerable increase in maintenance costs. Restoration of the remaining four miles, which is not a statutory navigation, would involve large scale excavation, reconstruction of the bed and other work. The Board expects that the cost would be of the order of £150,000–£200,000.

I am not aware of any proposal to eliminate any part of the canal. I understand that, if Parliament approves the British Waterways Bill, the Board proposes to retain the section north of Tewitfield as a water channel. It does not anticipate that any major expenditure will be necessary.

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