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Six months work secures Welsh waterway embankment

The Canal and River Trust (CRT) has announced the successful completion of six months of ground engineering work to repair a weather-induced embankment failure on a canal in the Brecon Beacons.

More than 500 10 to 15m piles long sheet steel piles were installed into two areas of an embankment of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal at Llanfoist in the Brecon Beacons in Wales following a major failure.

The work stabilised the embankment where it had collapsed during heavy rain over the winter period enough for the canal to re-open for boats in April while the engineering work was continued.

The scale of the damage meant on-going work was required to reinforce and improve the surrounding areas and a mesh has been put in place to secure the embankment.

CRT project manager Simon Hughes pointed out that the design by the in-house team was simple and effective and once the soil was anchored to the bedrock they foresaw no future problems. He added that the only difficulties came with the steepness of the slope and access to the site.

The project cost more than £1M, which included public donations to an emergency flood appeal and a £50,000 investment from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

CRT Wales operations director, Vince Moran said: “This has been a massive and very specialised engineering job. The canal is hugely important to the local community and its economy, so we’re delighted the project has gone so well.

“And given the scale of the repair, it was fantastic to have got the canal reopened ahead of the main boating season back in April.”

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