Capital's boat numbers soar
The number of boats on London’s canals has reached a new record high with figures showing an 84% increase in the last five years.
The figures, from the Canal & River Trust’s annual boat count, show the numbers of boats in London currently stand at 4,326 compared to 2,326 in 2012.
They also show that boats without a home mooring in the capital have risen by 246%, from 638 in 2012 to 2208 this year.
To cope with the demand, the Trust is to spend £67,000 carrying out a range of improvements including increasing the number of mooring spaces with almost half a kilometre of new mooring rings, water points and bin facilities.
“The canals in London are pretty amazing places,” said Ros Daniels, Trust regional director. “We used to say they were a hidden treasure in the capital, but now that’s less and less the case, with increasing numbers of people discovering them.
“More people and more boats does put increased pressure on existing facilities and space, so it’s important that we keep adapting to make sure that everyone can enjoy and benefit from the waterways.
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