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Tuesday 22 January

Today's news from the web

  • New Tewkesbury lock-keeper thisisgloucestershire.co.uk

    Bob Scarrott is a man with a very important job.The 61-year-old has taken over from Nigel Preece as Tewkesbury's lock-keeper. ...


Monday 21 January

Today's news from the web

  • Waterfront hotel for Lincoln? thisislincolnshire.co.uk

    Developers including British Waterways have unveiled plans to build a new £10m hotel in the centre of Lincoln. ...

  • Plea to help canal breach firms news.bbc.co.uk

    Businesses affected by the closure of part of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal are appealing for compensation for any loss of income. ...

  • Rochdale water shortage examined rochdaleonline.co.uk

    Vice Chairman of Littleborough Marina has written to British Waterways seeking to understand why feeder reservoirs cannot be used to provide more water to the Rochdale Canal - that being the purpose for which they were created. ...

  • Conservative front-bencher is canal historian news.independent.co.uk

    From the article: "You once wrote a history of the Bridgwater Canal? How many did it sell – and does it prove you are a nerd? Kate Barnett by email" ...

  • Waterscape.com relaunches stoppage alerts waterscape.com

    Waterscape.com has re-launched its popular stoppage alerts – with new and improved emails for boaters. ...


Wednesday 16 January

Today's news from the web

  • Canal on flood alert louthleader.co.uk

    Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for the Louth Canal between Louth and Tetney Lock. ...

  • Family Pub Wins Real Ale Award gazetteseries.co.uk

    A canalside family-run pub in Slimbridge has been crowned as the best country pub for the second year running. ...

  • Canals considered for freight ft.com

    Canals could regain their role as conduits for trade – because of gridlock on the motorways that superseded them, according to a new study. ...

  • Taking to the water hub-4.com

    There is a growing role for waterborne freight transport in today's logistics, particularly for the bulk handling industry. ...


Tuesday 15 January

Today's news from the web

  • See stoppage works at Caen Hill Locks waterscape.com

    On Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February, from 10am – 2.30pm, British Waterways will be holding a ‘Public Hanging’ at Caen Hill Locks (Lock 41) on the Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes. ...

  • New Gloucester bridge launched builderandengineer.co.uk

    The lifting section of a new £10m bridge which will span the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, will be launched into position over two days commencing today. ...

  • Marina hills can stay wigantoday.net

    A marina can keep the controversial canalside "blot" it created in a Wigan beauty spot. ...

  • Freight 'may be moved to canals' news.bbc.co.uk

    Ways to move more freight in the West Midlands using the region's canals are being investigated by transport chiefs. ...

  • Work begins on Loxwood Bridge waterscape.com

    The Wey & Arun Canal Trust has started the third and final phase of the ambitious project to restore the canal crossing under the main road through Loxwood. ...

  • Venice to install speed cameras on canals ananova.com

    Venice is planning to introduce speed cameras on its canals to stop motor boats from churning up the water. ...

  • Makeover for Cromford Canal derbyshiretimes.co.uk

    The Cromford Canal is set to get a makeover thanks to a grant from the East Midlands Development Agency. ...

  • New panorama forms on Ipswich waterfront eadt.co.uk

    In the last few years, Ipswich's ancient waterfront, which can trace its roots back to Anglo-Saxon times, has seen a rapid turnaround in fortunes....


Monday 14 January

The narrowboats are back at London

Last year's London Boat Show was an embarrassment for inland boaters, so it's reassuring to be able to say that this year's event is looking much healthier.

The inland steel craft have moved from the main hall to the "marina" (read: dock) outside the ExCeL venue, making space for 14 boats wide and narrow. If you're buying a boat, there's more choice at Crick or the IWA National, but it's interesting that London has managed the best showing of hire-boats of any show.

Inside, of course, there's the usual selection of river cruisers including some good-value larger craft well suited to the Severn, Thames or Trent, and evergreens such as the £9,999 Shetland Family Four. The chandlery stalls were packed when we visited on Saturday but should be a bit quieter this week.

As with the Earls Court show in November, the ExCeL event isn't worth trekking from the far end of the kingdom, but a very enjoyable visit for boaters based in the southeast. It continues to Sunday: more details at their official site. We'll have a full report in our March issue.

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.12pm | add a comment


Today's news from the web

  • Officially a masterpiece dailypost.co.uk

    The landmark Pontcysyllte aqueduct was officially nominated yesterday as a World Heritage Site. ...


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