The Givors canal (French: Canal de Givors) was built between 1761 and 1781 to carry coal and other goods and passengers from Rive-de-Gier to Givors on the Rhone, running beside the Gier river. The canal played an important role in the early industrialization of Givors and the Gier valley. It became obsolete when the Saint-Étienne–Lyon railway, the first passenger railway in France, was built in 1828–33 along the same route, although it was kept open until the start of the 20th century. Little now remains of the canal, which has mostly been covered by the A47 autoroute between Givors and Saint-Étienne.
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