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Welsh canal gets £2.5M for repairs

Talybont aqueduct

The Talybont Aqueduct is to be regrouted as part of a £2.5M programme of repairs and environmental improvements to Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The money has been awarded to Glandŵr Cymru, the Canal and River Trust in Wales, for work including securing embankments, reducing water leakage and regrouting the aqueduct. There is also a significant pollinator planting project along the canal bank to increase biodiversity.

“Living waterways have the potential to transform places, bringing economic benefits to the surrounding communities and improving health and well-being,” said the Welsh cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs Lesley Griffiths.

“I am pleased we are able to support Glandwr Cymru’s ambitious project to reinvigorate the waterways from mid to south-east Wales, some of which travel through some of our more deprived areas and have the capacity to bring huge environmental, social and economic benefits.”

Glandwr Cymru chief executive Richard Parry added: “We’re delighted to have received this huge boost for the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from Welsh Government, who share our vision to put Wales’ waterways at the heart of local communities. This funding will allow us to do essential work to ensure the long term future of the canal, and deliver benefits to the local economy and enrich the lives of its many visitors and everyone who lives around it.”

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