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Visitors could travel from Gloucester to Stroud by water

Posted on 06th January 2016

Over 60 years ago Stroud and Gloucester were linked by water and now they could be once again as the Cotswold Canals Trust awaits a decision on funding.

Canal Boats

On 19th April the Cotswold Canals Trust will discover if their Heritage Lottery Fund bid for £15 million worth of funding has been successful or not.

If the funding for the project is given the green light then the £20 million scheme could see visitors travel from Brimscombe and Stroud to Gloucester via the waterway.

The reopening of the waterway will be great news for the region as visitors residing in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean and other local holiday hotspots could see an increase in tourism as a result of the attraction.

Speaking to Stroud Life, Stroud District Council leader Geoff Wheeler, said, “We have already seen what phase 1A has done for development and jobs in the area and when phase 1B is up and running, there will be major benefits for tourism and jobs.”

If the bid has been a success, the local council and the Cotswold Canals Trust expect work on the waterway to start straight away.

Image Credit: Smoobs (flickr.com)