Foxton canal set to reopen to boat traffic

Leicester line of Grand Union Canal
Image caption The slippage was caused by heavy rainfall in December

The Canal and River Trust says work to clear a landslide on a stretch of canal in Leicestershire should enable boats to move by the end of the week.

Work began on Wednesday to dredge a channel through a 60m (195 ft) stretch of the Grand Union Canal near Foxton.

December's heavy rainfall caused a blockage after earth slipped from the offside embankment.

A trust spokesman said it was a temporary solution and major work would be needed to reinstate the embankment.

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