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A TRIAL OF paid-for book-ahead moorings is to be launched in London before the end of this year. The move follows a survey which indicated that 60 percent of boaters wanting to visit London would be prepared to pay for a pre-bookable visitor mooring, and that five-sixths of boaters who stayed away from the capital did so because of worries about lack of mooring space.
This is one of a number of actions taking place as part of the London Mooring Strategy, being developed in response to pressure on space following the arrival of 1,300 more boats in London in the last four years.
The strategy aims to cover all types of mooring and a wide range of issues:
General towpath moorings:
Identifying gaps in services ‘Moorability’ issues (such as lack of rings or anywhere to knock pins in)
Assessing demand and prices that boaters will pay Identifying possible new locations Short-term visitor moorings: ‘Green zone’ plans with Islington Council for berths with electric charging
A trial launched late this year using online booking A survey which indicated boaters would pay £10 to £15 per night
Opportunities identified in Paddington, Little Venice and Docklands Possible ‘pop up’ sites Winter moorings: A wider range of prices New sites Sites identified as mooring opportunities include Hayes, Southall, the Slough Arm, Old Oak Park, the Limehouse Cut and the Lee Valley including the Meridian Water housing development in Edmonton.
Detailed proposals are expected by the first quarter of 2017, with the target of finalising the Strategy by the end of the year.