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An inland port could be created in the city as part of a proposal to use Yorkshire’s historic waterways as an important freight route.

The option is part of a 10-year plan for waterways cared for by the Canal & River Trust, which is embarking on a £3.5 million restoration and repair programme this winter on historic canals across Yorkshire and the north east.

The plan would see the creation of inland ports, including at Leeds, bringing in investment and boosting areas along the region’s waterways.

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Details of other ideas for improving waterways will also be discussed at the annual meeting of the Trust’s North East Waterway Partnership, which has drawn up the plan, on Thursday.

Mark Penny, chair of the partnership, said: “Originally built to transport goods and raw materials, the waterways of Yorkshire and the north east today deliver additional benefits through tourism, jobs, green spaces and opportunities to get away from it all.

“Our plan for the future aims to maximise those benefits and we’ve spent time talking to local people about what they want from their nearest canal or river.”

The meeting will enable people to discuss how, 200 years after they were built, the region’s canals and rivers can contribute to all areas of day-to-day life.

Other ideas for improving the waterways and boosting their use include: improving boater facilities at Leeds encouraging more people to moor up and explore the city; and working closely with the University of Leeds.

The public meeting will take place at The Wheatsheaf, Conference & Banqueting Centre, Altofts Lane, Whitwood, Castleford from midday. To book visit www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/meetings.

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