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March 13, 2007
Problem of water levels.
The Blue Links project partners, and in the first place Voies Navigables de France, manager of the waterway and responsible for the restoration works, are investigating the causes of heavy leakages from the canal pounds in the Wasquehal flight of locks. Read News Flash left.

December 6, 2006
The didactic project on visual arts
designed to contribute to animation of the 'Canal en FÍte' event in September 2007, is available for downloading here

August 19, 2006
Blue Links at IWA festival.
The Blue Links project will have its stand (No. A46) at the 2006 IWA National Festival & Boat Show, in order to promote canal restoration and inland navigation through the continent. From 26th to 28th August.

August 18, 2006
Partner's study tour.
Some of the Blue Links partners' representatives will visit key canal development sites in the UK on 28th and 29th August. This will include a visit to the IWA national waterways festival.

June 27, 2006
The 'Rendez-vous du Canal' will take place on the 8th and 9th of July.
Festive happenings, not to forget!

May 17,2006
Locks
Works completed on the French side.

May 9, 2006
The chief executive of Nord 'département' and the managers of the Blue Links partners visited the Roubaix canal restoration works today, especially Union lock, Grande Vigne bridge (which will have its new deck installed tomorrow) and the PCUK dredging disposal area.

April 22, 2006
Locks on Roubaix canal. The gate opening and closing tests will be carried out during the last week of April. On that occasion, the summit level pound will be rewatered to its normal operating level.

April 15, 2006
January 30, 2006
Diversion of services and start of works on the Pont des Couteaux  bridges

January 26, 2006
Works start, circulation stops on bridge 'de la Grande Vigne'

December 7, 2005
Public information
meeting in Roubaix City Hall.

November 24, 2005
Group of experts
to include key players of other EU-funded waterway projects; working methods discussed by Blue Links partnership and British Waterways.

November 22, 2005
Contracts awarded
for the restoration works on the Espierres canal(in Belgium).

September 29, 2005
Public information
meeting at Leers.

September 19, 2005
Environmental improvement
plans are confirmed for rehabilitation of 35ha of polluted industrial land.

September 29, 2005
Restored locks
are the focus of the first project press conference.

August 18, 2005
Wattrelos footbridge
on the Roubaix canal is removed for repairs.

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