London Mooring Strategy tackles high demand

Regent's Canal The number of boats on London’s canals and rivers has grown by 76% since 2012. Credit: Thomas Narosy/ Pixabay

The Canal & River Trust has produced a London Mooring Strategy which includes initiatives to manage the increasing demand for mooring spaces, improve facilities and fairly balance the needs of everyone who uses the capital’s waters.

In 2018/19, the Trust will make improvements to water points, waste and toilet facilities; install additional mooring rings; develop residential moorings at Millwall Outer Dock and Hayes and create pre-bookable moorings in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on St Thomas’s Creek and on the Lee Navigation adjacent to the Park.

“There’s been a good level of support for the proposals and, following an extensive consultation, we’ve listened to feedback and made changes as a result,” explained Matthew Symonds, Trust boating strategy and engagement manager.

Improved facilities

Water points work will include new taps at Harlseden, Sturt’s Lock (Shoreditch) and Bow Locks, Alperton; improved water pressure at Paddington Basin and tap relocation from Old Ford to Sweetwater (Olympic Park).

Waste facility work includes new compounds at Harlesden, Feildes Weir (Hoddesdon) and Stonebridge Lock, plus Elsan toilet facilities. Feasibility work will be carried out to open Elsan to the public on the Regent’s Canal.

Future projects that the Trust hopes to secure funding for include development of 1800m of new long-term offside moorings primarily for residential use; more mooring rings to increase 14-day mooring capacity; changes to short-term moorings to ensure the fairer use of space; new facilities to meet growing customer demand and improvement of existing sites and new pre-bookable visitor mooring sites.

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