London haz­ards an­swer

Canal Boat - - Letters - DICK VIN­CENT CRT Na­tional Tow­path Ranger

IN RE­SPONSE TO Mr Firth’s let­ter ( CB, Oct), while we’d agree that a busier London brings its own chal­lenges, the lively, colour­ful wa­ter­ways we see to­day are a wel­come change from the derelict canals of yes­ter­year.

The wa­ter­ways are more pop­u­lar than they’ve ever been and this has given the Canal & River Trust new op­por­tu­ni­ties to make upgrades.

Tow­path im­prove­ments have been funded by Trans­port for London and other lo­cal author­i­ties, not from boat­ing li­cences, and the fund­ing in­cludes im­prove­ments that ben­e­fit boaters, such as mend­ing wa­ter­way walls and putting in mooring rings.

Of course, some vis­i­tors will cy­cle or jog care­lessly on tow­paths, and this is why we pro­mote the Tow­path Code through our na­tional Share the Space, Drop your Pace cam­paign.

Ac­ci­dents are far more likely to oc­cur when peo­ple are look­ing at the ground, try­ing to avoid pot­holes, rather than pay­ing at­ten­tion to what’s ahead of them.

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