Improvements to London’s waterways

THE Canal & River Trust has been making boating better in London over the past year for the record numbers of people on the capital’s waterways.

Improvements in 2016/17 include new mooring rings and facilities, dredging, additional rubbish bins and collection, and the creation of new long-term moorings.

 125 new mooring rings providing over 700m of new or improved moorings.
 New public water taps at Southall and Ponders End, and a tap opened up for public use in Paddington.
 A new Elsan and pump-out in Alperton.
 Dredging 2250m of canal so boats can moor next to the bank more easily, including 2000m in Southall, 200m in West Drayton and 50m in Hayes.
 Three new refuse facilities on the Lee Navigation, with collection funded by the London Borough of Hackney.
 New bins for boater rubbish in Greenford and an improved rubbish site at Cowley.
 Logistical support for ‘Bins by Boat’, a pilot social enterprise project which offers boaters a floating refuse collection service.
 14 new long-term moorings, including three residential, in previously un-moorable spots at  Matchmakers Wharf on the Lee Navigation, Atlip Road on the Grand Union, Burdett Road on the Limehouse Cut, and Bow Wharf on the Hertford Union.
Other initiatives include:
 Creating a new 7-day visitor mooring at King’s Cross
 Setting up two pre-bookable moorings at Rembrandt Gardens which charge a small fee for boaters who want to guarantee a spot in central London.
 Working in partnership with the London Borough of Islington to secure Defra funding for public electricity charging points on the Regent’s Canal.

Sorwar Ahmed, London boating manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “London’s bustling canals are very different to those built 200 years ago to serve industry. With such a huge demand for boating in London, we’ve been working hard to create the moorings and other facilities needed.

“We’ve listened to our boaters and are making the changes that matter to them: this is just the start and we’ll be continuing to put time, money and people power into improvements in the years to come. We are working with other people, like local boroughs, social enterprises and boaters, to make these changes happen and improve London’s waterways for all our boaters and visitors. I’d like to thank everyone who’s got involved.”

The Trust is developing a London Mooring Strategy to address the unique challenges and opportunities of boating in the Capital: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/our-regions/london-
waterways/london-mooring-strategy

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