Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal storm repairs complete

Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal repairs Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption The tow path has now reopened to walkers and cyclists

Work to repair a section of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal costing £1m has been completed six months after it was damaged by winter storms.

The Canal & River Trust installed more than 500 pins measuring 32ft (10m) long into two areas of the embankment at Llanfoist in the Brecon Beacons.

The pins stabilised the canal edge after torrential rain caused it to slip down the hillside.

The repairs were part-funded by public donations and the Welsh government.

The slippage was first noticed in late December but the wettest winter on record made the damage worse.

Repairs started in February and the 200-year-old waterway reopened to boats in April, but the scale of the damage meant further work was needed to reinforce the surrounding areas.

As well as the pins, a mesh wall has been put in place to try and prevent any future movement.

Image copyright Canal & River Trust
Image caption Work included pinning metal rods to the embankment

The towpath, which was closed while work was carried out, has now been reopened.

Vince Moran, operations director at Canal & River Trust which looks after the canal, said the job was "massive" and specialised.

"The canal is hugely important to the local community and its economy, so we're delighted the project has gone so well," he said.

"We worked quickly to deal with the problem when the wet weather, which disrupted so much of the country, hit us."

Tourism minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased the canal was back in working order and ready to welcome visitors over the summer holidays.

The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is 35 miles (56km) long and supports 390 jobs and it estimated to contribute £17m to the Welsh economy each year.

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