Lapal Canal Trust: Restoration of Dudley No2 Canal
There is a huge amount of work needed to restore the canal, but when it’s opened it will be a new amenity for boaters, anglers, cyclists and walkers and provide a new 21 ¼ mile long ring route around Birmingham.
In 1792 work commenced on the Dudley No2 Canal to transport goods especially Coal from Dudley to the South avoiding the congested centre of Birmingham.
Lord Dudley set up a company to build Birmingham first by-pass, the canal provided a link from Halesowen to Selly Oak. It was opened in 1798 and included one of the longest canal tunnels; it closed after 120 years in 1917 when the tunnel collapsed.
Today there is little evidence of the 2.2 mile long tunnel, but much to see of the route of the canal in Selly Oak Park and Leasowes, Shenstone park in Halesowen.
Benefits of Restoration
Enhanced leisure facilities
Water based - canoeing, angling, use by hire and privately owned boats, use by trip and restaurants boats.
Land based activity - walking, cycling, horse riding, sightseeing, picnicking, bird watching, educational initiatives, health and fitness schemes .
A new water feature will greatly enhance both Selly Oak Park and the Woodgate Valley Parks.
Encourage greater use of the attractive Woodgate Valley Park
Reinstate an important Birmingham Canal Navigation missing Link Creation of a new ring route around Birmingham.
Create additional employment during construction and also on completion
Employment opportunities for a wide range of skills, opportunities to learn construction skills.
On completion the canal will be a significant magnet to attract people, so new cafes and canal side restaurants could be expected within what is essentially an urban area.
Proposal to include a Marina in the California area, converting an unused area into a revenue earning facility.
Enhance Heritage sites adjacent to the canal.
For more information on the restoration project, history of the canal and membership visit www.lapal.org
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