Liverpool shake-up is permanent
LEEDS & LIVERPOOL
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