Have your say on mooring changes
THE CANAL & RIVER TRUST is asking boaters for their opinions on the reductions in maximum stay times planned for several popular visitor moorings sites on the southern Grand Union Canal.
A consultation has been launched by the Trust inviting comments on plans for: Approximately 450-metres of two-day moorings and a similar length of seven-day moorings ( both currently 14-days) at Berkhamsted. Around 350 metres of two-day moorings (currently 14 days) at Marsworth. CRT to ‘actively monitor’ existing two-day limits at Braunston, including charges for overstaying. Possible new proposals to be introduced at Batchworth following a meeting in March, the original proposals having been withdrawn.
To comment on the proposals, go to canalrivertrust. org.uk then follow the links to ‘boating’ then ‘mooring’ then ‘South East Visitor Moorings’ and finally ‘South East visitor moorings consultation (January/ February 2016)’. FOLLOWING A FATAL accident in Harecastle Tunnel in 2014, the Canal & River Trust is to install a system enabling emergency calls to be made from mobile phones in the tunnel.
Experienced 58-year-old boater Michael Holgate’s body was recovered from the tunnel after he fell off the back of a narrowboat having caught his head on the tunnel roof or wall. At the inquest the Coroner said he would be writing to CRT to ask for some kind of communication to be installed in the 2,926-yard tunnel.
CRT is installing a wire running through the tunnel which, in combination with equipment outside the tunnel, will provide a mobile phone signal underground. It will be linked to the Vodafone network, but phones on other networks will be able to use it for emergency calls only.
CRT does not currently have plans to fit the system in any other tunnels.