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Bradley Arm Canal

The restored Bradley Canal will recreate a 1.5 mile link on the Birmingham Canal Navigations between the Walsall Canal and the Wednesbury Oak Loop, leading to the main line of the Birmingham Canal.

Map showing the Bradley Arm Canal and surrounding waterways

Linking the Walsall Canal and the BCN New Main Line

A feasibility study to consider the restoration of the Bradley Canal was launched in 2015. This study was funded by IWA, Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust, Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and Canal & River Trust.

The restored canal would recreate a 1.5 mile link on the BCN between the Walsall Canal and the New Main Line, by restoring sections of four lost canals, including the Wednesday Oak Loop beyond Bradley Workshops, and the nine Bradley Locks.

IWA is pleased to have been able to support the study to consider the restoration of the Bradley Canal, financially, with advice and through the commitment of local branch members over a long period. There is also support for the restoration from a local residents association.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Sustainable Boating

We want boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable and – even though the current overall contribution to UK carbon emissions is very small – we want to help reduce emissions on the waterways.

Waterways Heritage at Risk

Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk – from urban development, lack of protection, loss of skills and knowledge and climate change.

You can help Save Waterways Heritage.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

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