British Waterways will spend £1.27 million in January to restore the River Irk Aqueduct on the Rochdale Canal to navigation and reopen the towpath.

British Waterways will spend £1.27 million in January to restore the River Irk Aqueduct on the Rochdale Canal to navigation and reopen the towpath.

The 20-week programme of repairs will see the embankment reconstructed using reinforced soil, the channel of the canal relined and remedial work done to the aqueduct structure.

Debris from the canal breach will be cleared from the River Irk Channel and a river wall reinstated.