Liverpool shake-up is per­ma­nent

LEEDS & LIVERPOOL

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A WIDER CHOICE of op­er­at­ing days of the Liverpool Link, a re­moval of the need to book pas­sages on the west end of the Leeds & Liverpool, and a tight­en­ing of the time lim­its for free moor­ing in the docks are part of a shake-up of ar­range­ments for vis­it­ing Liverpool by canal.

The plans, an­nounced a year ago to a cer­tain amount of crit­i­cism from some boat­ing groups and tri­alled late last year have, the Canal & River Trust claimed, been “voted a win­ner by boaters”, and will be per­ma­nently im­ple­mented from 21 March. The main fea­tures are: Six days of two-way op­er­a­tion ( Tues­days ex­cepted) on the Liverpool Link, with up to six boats each way per day. Re­moval of the need to book on the L& L from Ain­tree to El­do­nian Vil­lage, en­cour­ag­ing boaters to moor at the Vil­lage to visit the city at busy times when the Link is fully booked. Seven days’ free moor­ing on the 45 vis­i­tor berths in Salt­house Dock, at the far end of the Link. (for­merly 14)

CRT says the in­creased flex­i­bil­ity of the new ar­range­ments means “many more boaters will be able to en­joy the city”. Barns­ley Coun­cil has or­dered a de­vel­oper who de­stroyed a length of aban­doned canal bank with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion to re­in­state it. Unau­tho­rised work in a trade park at Stair­foot which in­cluded dig­ging out the Barns­ley Canal ( pro­posed for restora­tion by the Barns­ley Dearne & Dove Canal Trust) to a depth of sev­eral me­tres was con­demned by a se­nior coun­cil­lor who said “They will not get away with it”.

The view could change for­ever

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