Scottish Canals publishes its price review

Scottish Canals has published its price review Scottish Canals has published its price review
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Scottish Canals has published its response to a public consultation to establish what it calls fair pricing for moorings and licences on Scotland’s inland waterways.

Scottish Canals commissioned the consultation in October 2015 following increases in moorings and licence prices earlier that year.

Following analysis of the responses and an independent review, the Scottish Canals’ Board has agreed to implement the recommended price rises with all price increases less than £100 per year implemented in full, plus Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) and all price increases greater than £101 phased in so that no customer pays more than an extra £100 per year, plus CPI.

In addition, navigation charges will remain at 2015 prices subject to an annual CPI uplift and transit charges will remain the same on the Caledonian and Crinan Canals but drop by 25% on the Lowlands Canals to help stimulate boat movements.

“This is a complex issue and one which all canal authorities are wrestling with. However, we believe we now have in place a fair, transparent and consistent approach to pricing which benefits all boaters,” said Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals. “I’d like to thank all of our boating customers for their feedback and understanding during the review process.”

He added: “As a public body, it’s right that we adopt a fair and reasonable approach to pricing. With amenities and customer demand varying between locations and waterways, price inconsistencies over charges have emerged over the years leaving some boaters paying significantly less or more than their neighbours.”    

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