Amphibious vehicle helps clean canal in West Bridgford

A specialist vehicle commissioned by the Friends of Lady Bay Canal is operating this week to clear the bed of weeds and silt. 

The machine is amphibious and is called a Truxor.

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It has caterpillar type tracks which propel it through the water and enable it to climb up quite steep banks.

It is owned and operated by Serco at the Holme Pierrepont National Water Sports Centre.

The Friends of Lady Bay Canal (FLBC) clubbed together and raised quite a bit of money to pay for it to remove weeds and reeds from their section of the Grantham Canal.

It was deployed on Monday morning ( 3 December ) and is contracted to operate for the whole of this week or until the job is done. The Grantham Canal Society (GCS) and the Canal & River Trust (CRT) are interested to see how it performs as it hasn’t been used on the canal before.

There were some problems with blanket weed from the bottom of the canal building up and hindering progress, but the machine continues to move on and get the job done.