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TOPIC: Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally?

Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Feb 2020 14:40 #113701

Tony Richardson wrote: Bob,

I have respectfully read the threads and the translations of the VNF meeting materials before asking my question in plain english. Thank you for your response in plain english.

Tony


You surprise me Tony, knowing and respecting your analytical skills as I do.

What is not ‘plain English’ about: "The opportunity for the partners to take stock of the progress of work on the Sambre axis with a view to its reopening in 2021 and on the strategy to be implemented to boost the tourism potential of the axis.” That from the first paragraph of the report I re-posted late last might.

Or: “She (Claire Sénécaut of VNF) tells me that the canal is due to open in 2021 but doesn't have an actual date as yet.” From my previous post in this thread dated 09 July 2019.

Maybe it was the relative geographical locations of Hautmont and the stanked off section at Vadencourt/Macquigny that confused. If so I am pleased to have helped.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Feb 2020 12:41 #113698

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Bob,

I have respectfully read the threads and the translations of the VNF meeting materials before asking my question in plain english. Thank you for your response in plain english.

Tony

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Feb 2020 11:00 #113697

Tony Richardson wrote: Will Hautmont be accessible from the south in 2020?


Hello Tony,

If by "from the south" you mean from France the short answer is no!

The stoppage, dated from 2006, is to the south of Hautmont which, until the re-opening - planned for the 2021 cruising season, is only currently accessible from the north.

It's all in the threads! I respectfully suggest you read what has been written here and in the 'Canal de la Sambre' thread.

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Bob

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Feb 2020 07:59 #113695

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Feb 2020 02:53 #113694

Further to my last post in this thread which showed a timetable of the works to re-open the Sambre/Oise axe I am re-posting a Facebook report placed by François Rivas who runs the interesting Facebook Group, SOS French Canals:

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Transport - The reopening of the Sambre Canal in the Oise planned for 2021

Updated: 07 November 2019



Wednesday 06 November 2019 in Etreux (Aisne), Michel Lalande, prefect of the Hauts-de-France region, prefect of the North, Voies navigables de France (VNF) and the communities mobilized in favor of the reopening to navigation of the axis Sambre met during an annual strategic committee provided for in the partnership agreement signed in December 2015. The opportunity for the partners to take stock of the progress of work on the Sambre axis with a view to its reopening in 2021 and on the strategy to be implemented to boost the tourism potential of the axis.



Organized by VNF represented by Dominique Ritz and Isabelle Matykowski, territorial directors, the meeting was also held in the presence of Nicolas Basselier, prefect of Aisne, Nicolas Fricoteaux, president of the department of Aisne, Jacques Petit, vice -president of the Transport Commission of the Hauts-de-France Regional Council, of the president of the association "Réussir notre Sambre", Patrick Dumon, as well as representatives of the municipalities and the 7 inter-municipalities crossed by the Sambre river and the canal the Sambre in the Oise.



The partners seized the opportunity to go to lock 15 of Tupigny, one of the first projects undertaken this year by Voies navigables de France. The work consists of restoring the masonry, repairing the doors and changing the seals.



The renovation of this lock is part of a large investment program that includes the renovation of 22 locks and the reconstruction of the Vadencourt and Macquigny canal bridges. All of this work, worth € 17.2 million, is co-financed by the State / VNF, the Hauts-de-France region and the Aisne department.



In 2019, Voies navigables de France also carried out major maintenance and civil engineering works on twelve locks on the route between Etreux and Macquigny. Control works were also carried out on three other locks between Hauteville and Origny-Sainte-Benoîte.



In 2020, VNF will replace the doors of 10 locks and will also carry out masonry and waterproofing work on 4 other locks.



Dredging works on the canal will be launched in the second half of 2020 for a period of 6 months to guarantee an anchorage at 1m60.



The reconstruction of the Vadencourt and Macquigny canal bridges, closed in 2006 for safety reasons, will be launched in 2020 for delivery in 2021.



The commitment of shared management to operate the canal

At the completion of the works planned in 2021 for the opening of the tourist season, a shared management of the Sambre axis will be set up, fruit of the work carried out with the Association "Réussir notre Sambre", between the State, VNF, the Department of the North and the inter-municipalities of the Sambre axis * which will jointly contribute to the operating and operating expenses of the Sambre axis estimated at € 2.3 million per year.



The reopening of the Sambre Canal in the Oise is part of the Pact for the success of the Sambre-Avesnois-Thiérache signed by the President of the Republic in November 2018.



The Sambre à l'Oise canal links the Seine basin to the northern European canals. 71 km long between the municipalities of Landrecies (North) and Tergnier (Aisne), it has 38 locks (3 on the Sambre side and 35 on the Oise side). In 2006, following the advanced state of degradation of the Vadencourt and Macquigny (Aisne) canal bridges, the canal was closed from reach 1 (Gard lock) to reach 22 (Macquigny lock) included.



* The agglomeration community of Maubeuge Val-de-Sambre, the community of communes of Pays de Mormal, the agglomeration community of Caudrésis-Catésis, the community of Communes Thiérache Sambre & Oise, the community of communes of Thiérache du Center, the community of communes of Val de l'Oise, and the urban community of Chauny-Tergnier-La Fère.
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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 15 Jul 2019 08:33 #107666

We have been wintering in Hautmont for the last two years and there is definitely things happening with the new dry storage and workshop area upstream from the port and also quite a bit of dredging from Hautmont upstream. There is advertising from Jeumont onwards announcing the opening from 2020 (now postponed to 2021), but definitely happening!

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Jul 2019 13:13 #107476

We were at the southern end last September and cycled up to Vadencourt. A survey company was doing a geological survey of the Pont.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 09 Jul 2019 13:08 #107475

I have received a reply from Claire Sennecourt, the Tourism chief at VNF DT Nord-Pas-de-Calais confirming the works to re-open the Sambre/Oise axe, started towards the end of 2018, are as detailed in the following link:



She tells me that the canal is due to open in 2021 but doesn't have an actual date as yet.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 19 Jun 2019 14:02 #106706

It's been a long time coming, but a cruise/gathering of vessels at the reopening was suggested in the 2009-2010 thread Bob mentions ;-)
If people do look back at that thread I'd mention that it is back-to-front, and the first post you see is actually sequencially the last one.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 19 Jun 2019 11:49 #106705

I am pleased to see the reaction to my post about the last CLU I attended... I was beginning to wonder whether anyone read them before. I completely agree with the points mentioned.

Concerning David's mention of the gathering (in 2012 if I am not mistaken) you may like to read the thread I started back in 2010:

Vadencourt Sambre/Oise. Was: IWI and the issue of saving 03 Feb 2010 03:42. No. 106702

As a member of the organisation which represents the local community, I will make contact there and report back here. I'll just have to re-energise my old MacBook to life for the contacts! All that after I arrive on board La Chouette when we eventually get there.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 19 Jun 2019 10:48 #106702

An excellent idea. It works on many levels - it's a pat on the back for all the locals who organised meetings to protest the closure when it first happened (and DBA members for attending them), it thanks the VNF for the work, it gives general publicity for inland waterways and the DBA in particular, and emphasises their international nature.
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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 19 Jun 2019 10:47 #106701

A grand reopening rally. What a good idea. We went to the 2012 gathering which was organised by the association of villages affected by the closure and the erqulinnes boat club. The association where really pleased that we few British boats turned up along with some Belgium cruisers and 1 solitary French boat.
I’m sure the local organisation would be really helpful.

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Canal de la Sambre à l'Oise - Opening rally? 19 Jun 2019 10:25 #106700

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And if there is any chance of a reliable date, what about discussing with them a grand Sambre-Oise DBA rally for the re-opening? Perhaps with a public deadline, something will actually happen (as someone recently said).

Ian McCauley wrote:

Bob Marsland wrote: More soon.


Interesting read - thanks for representing us and sending the info, Bob.

Just the barest mention (who is funding the work) of the reopening of the Sambre-Oise. Given the uncertainties with the Meuse route in and out of France I’d imagine many would be keen to know how this work is progressing in detail. With the reopening scheduled for next year, there aught be information on progress available.

If it wasn’t covered (and as a timely update for next year’s planning), could you perhaps ask for a report to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting?

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