Have your say on moor­ing changes

GRAND UNION

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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.

Katie.hutchin­son@ canal­rivertrust.org.uk.

canal­rivertrust.org.uk/ drifters-open-days-2016

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