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Leak-hit stretch of canal reopens

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Parts of the canal were recently repaired due to leaks

A stretch of the Shropshire Union Canal has reopened after being closed when water started leaking from it.

British Waterways closed the canal and towpaths at Shebdon Embankment, Staffordshire, while the leak was investigated and repaired.

Most of the canal is now open and navigable, although a short stretch around the embankment is still closed.

Holiday-makers and narrow boat owners were trapped on the canal for a few days until they could be rerouted.

The cause of the leak, which was discovered on 13 August, is still being investigated, a British Waterways spokesman said.

"We are now working hard to finalise our repair solution for the canal bed at Shebdon, which is being dealt with as a priority," the spokesman said.

The leak is between Shebon Bridge (bridge 44) and Park Heath Bridge (bridge 48).

The canal was built in the late 1790s and recently underwent repairs, as subsidence had caused leaks to form.

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