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Canal's new channel section opens
The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
A section of the canal has been straightened to make way for the road
A new section of the Gloucester to Sharpness Canal - diverted to make way for a city bypass - has opened.

The 300m channel has been designed to replace the old Two Mile Bend part of the canal, which is to be closed as part of the A40 south-west bypass.

A group of schoolchildren dressed as pirates marked the channel's opening with a voyage on the King Arthur.

The next stage of the project will see a four-lane swing bridge built across the canal. It is due to open next year.

When it is completed in April 2007, the 43m Gloucester south-west bypass will provide the city with a new link to the M5.

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