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About the branch

IWA Manchester Branch has hugely historic and exciting waterways, ranging from the massive Manchester Ship Canal to the steeply climbing Huddersfield Narrow Canal – with the highest and longest canal tunnel in Britain at its summit. The area has seen many successful restorations and has several in-hand. Our main activities are a winter programme of monthly talks and monthly work parties enhancing our branch’s canals. 

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HS2: Ashton & Rochdale Canals

The latest HS2 Phase 2b Western Leg Design Refinement proposals affect the Ashton Canal and Rochdale Canal in Manchester.

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