Pennine Waterways News

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Standedge Tunnel season starts

Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre opens its doors for 2009 this weekend. The popular passenger trips into the tunnel also begin again today (4th April).

New this year are trips right through the tunnel for passengers on the first Saturday of every month. The 3 hour trip is good value at £10! Places must be booked by phoning 01484 844298.

The tunnel opened for the 2009 season for the passage of private boats last week. A new system whereby boats are steered through under their own power by their own skippers (rather than be towed by electric tugs) came into effect. Reports suggest that this has gone well so far.

Each boat carries a BW "chaperone" to ensure safety and to give advice on navigation difficult sections of the tunnel.

For full details of the new arrangements for taking boats through the tunnel see this item that was published in February.

For more information about the tunnel trips or visitor centre, including times and days of opening, please refer to the Standedge web site. That site also gives information for boaters wanting to take their own boats through.

The Standedge Tunnel pages of Pennine Waterways have been updated, including an improved photographic journey through the tunnel.

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