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Canal and River Trust publishes consultation on managing London’s moorings capability

Published on: 23 December 2021

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The Canal and River Trust has opened a consultation inviting boaters and local stakeholders to share their views on ways to improve the management of mooring space on central London's busy canals to balance the needs of local and visiting boats.


With boat numbers across the whole London waterway network remaining at  record levels, the proposals included in the consultation cover an increase in pre-bookable paid moorings at ten central London short-stay visitor sites.


Views are also being sought on a proposal to make access to short-stay visitor moorings fairer by a more active management of the sites, limiting the amount of time individual boats can use them in a year and increasing the overstay charge if they stay longer than permitted.


To reduce the risk of blocking the channel and to make navigation safer, the consultation also proposes preventing triple mooring and mooring against a widebeam on the busiest central London waterways.


The consultation is running until March 2022. British Marine would encourage its members which use London moorings to familiarise themselves with the proposals and respond to the consultation.