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Lapal Canal in Birmingham could reopen after 96 years

A waterway that disappeared from Birmingham's extensive canal network nearly 100 years ago could be restored.

The Lapal Canal was once used to transport coal between Halesowen and Selly Oak and campaigners say reopening the five-and-a-half mile route would provide major economic and social benefits.

It would cost £50m to restore the entire length of the canal, which closed 96 years ago due to a tunnel collapse.

BBC Midlands Today's Bob Hockenhull has been finding out more.

  • 01 Oct 2013