Plans for mega-canal

An American company is planning to build a huge canal connecting Northumberland and Cumbria with London. The canal would cost around 14 billion pounds and provide water supplies for the South of England.

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Mega-canal would provide water for the south

Mega-canal would start at Kielder Water Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Plans for a "mega-canal" connecting Northumberland with London have been put forward to the Government by multinational company AECOM.

The idea is to provide water supplies to southern England, but AECOM say it could also solve many transport, power and agricultural problems.

24 metre wide canal would draw water from Kielder Water and the Lake District Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The 24 metre wide waterway would draw water principally from the Kielder reservoir in Northumberland and the Lake District in Cumbria, using gravity to continue its flow south.

It is estimated that the project could cost £14 billion.

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