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WATERWAY CUT THROUGH THE NORTH GIVEN COOL RESPONSE

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Members of the North of England Councils Association have given a cool reception to a plan to build a 53-mile water...
Members of the North of England Councils Association have given a cool reception to a plan to build a 53-mile water highway, close to the route of Hadrian's Wall, from the North Sea to the Irish Sea, reports The Independent (p10).

Retired engineer Derek Russell, who has the backing of AMEC and other companies, believes it could carry about 200 million tonnes of freight a year between emerging markets around north eastern Europe and Ireland.

Environmentalists say the effects of the scheme could be devastating, The Independent reports.

After yesterday's meeting of the association, chair of NECA cllr John McCormack said they were not for or against the plan at this stage but believed priority should be given to improving existing transport links.

'We want the emphasis to be on the immediate problems which can be dealt with in the short term before talking about something more grandiose and for the next century,' he said.
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