Rescue of Aylesbury canal boats underway (look out for them on the town centre ROADS)

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Work has begun to rescue 20 canal boats from the Aylesbury basin following a lock collapse.

A huge crane has been brought in for the operation, which is expected to take two days.

Once out of the water, the boats are being transported by lorry to Willow Bridge Marina in Milton Keynes – so they are making for a rather unusual sight as they travel through Aylesbury town centre on their journey.

The Canal and River Trust is paying for the removal of the boats, which is expected to cost around £10,000.

Boats wishing to travel the waterways this summer need to be craned out following the collapse of a lock at Buckland, near the Arla megadairy in Aston Clinton.

Investigations into last month’s collapse are continuing and repairs costing several hundred thousand pounds are expected to take until the August bank holiday to complete.

Aylesbury Canal Society’s new multi-million pound basin at Circus Fields, off Oakfield Road, is still expected to open in June.