THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BOAT OWNERS

Monday, May 01, 2017

Canal & River Trust

CRT Online booking service coming soon

From 14 November CRT will be introducing a new online self-service booking system which will allow boaters to book passage through some of the waterways’ most famous landmarks.

Once it’s up and running, if you’re planning trips through Anderton Boat Lift, Standedge Tunnel, Liverpool Canal Link, Ribble Link and Frankton Lock, or wanting to use Wigan and Ellesmere dry docks, you’ll be able to book up to two years in advance. If it’s popular then they will look to expand online booking to other bookable passages and dry docks across the network.

The say that it is still in the testing phase of development but will announce weblinks and a ‘How to…’ guide nearer the launch date!

Report on CRT National Users Forum September 7th 2016

As usual this was held at The Bond in Birmingham, and followed the usual structure of a series of presentations by various CRT officers. Whist this information is of interest, and the people-networking is valuable, one can’t help feeling that the approach does not make full use of the large numbers of representatives of the various waterways-related organisations present?

New River Severn Navigation Guide

CRT have recently issued a new River Severn Navigation Guide.

There is a lot of standard padding but the core navigation guide is worth printing out if you are going this way.

You can download or read it here

Where is the next kilometer?

CRT have a web page called Boaters without a home mooring: How far is far enough?

They say A number of boaters have asked for clarification of the legal requirement to cruise throughout the period of their licence and, in particular, what is the minimum distance that should be covered in order to comply with the Trust’s Guidance for Boaters without a Home Mooring. This page should help.

It can be accessed here

They go on When our enforcement officers record sightings they now record which kilometre of each waterway the boat is on. You can see the locations of all of our kilometre lengths by checking our bespoke map.

This map is handy becasue there are no kilometer posts on the system. When the map opens there is a national view. Drill down into any area and when the detail comes up, it is possible to select any given place and the kilometer length is highlighted in lighter blue.