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Upper Avon/Grand Union Link

Having received an "Inland Waterways of Britain Cruise Planner" map (GEO Projects) for Christmas I was delighted to see that there is a proposed link between the Grand Union,at Warwick, and the Upper Severn north of Stratford. Having a mooring at Stockton Top this would make Warwick, Leamington and Stratford in easy reach. How realistic is this link and if it is when is it likely to start and finish?


Asked by: peterjones  | 9.44am, Wednesday 31 December

WW says:

The Stratford & Warwick Waterways Trust recently wrote to us as follows:

"The Stratford and Warwick Waterways Trust Ltd. was formed over 4 years ago, specifically to achieve the reopening of the navigation through to Warwick, thus completing a Vital Link to the wide beam network. We are a very active organisation and recently held our 2nd AGM as a Limited Company on 13th December at the Holiday Inn hotel in Stratford who generously provide us with meeting room space. We have had a presence at the IWA National, Saul, Braunston and other events and our membership is growing steadily.

"Our background and contact details can be found at http://www.swwaterway.co.uk . Although there is local opposition, as with other projects, it is not insurmountable and the lobbying continues."

I think it's fair to say that, although there's a lot of enthusiasm among boaters for the project, it was first mooted in the 1970s, and making rivers navigable is a more difficult process now than it ever was - whether because of ecological concerns, assertive riparian landowners, or legislation such as the EU's Water Framework Directive.

It'll be great when it happens, but we wouldn't yet advise anyone to make boat-purchasing or mooring decisions based on the prospect!

Richard Fairhurst  | 12.55PM, Monday 5 January

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