Canal Boat - - Contents - NICK WALL Ed­i­tor

Could cruis­ing be­come too pre-planned?

Itend not to worry too much when I’m out and around the wa­ter­ways – for me that’s a big rea­son for go­ing to them. But re­cently I have had a small con­cern, call it a bit of a nig­gle if you like.

One of CRT’s re­cent ini­tia­tives is an on­line one-stop-shop book­ing ser­vice ‘to make life eas­ier’ (see page 9); so from Novem­ber if you want to, for in­stance, plan trips on the An­der­ton Boat Lift, through Stand­edge Tun­nel, the Liver­pool Canal Link, the Rib­ble Link and Frank­ton Locks, or want to use Wi­gan and Ellesmere dry docks, you will be able to book up to two years in ad­vance.

So far, so good and very help­ful. The Trust goes on to say that if it’s suc­cess­ful it will look to roll out on­line book­ing to other book­able pas­sages and dry docks across the net­work.

Then, of course, there is the trial of book­ing vis­i­tor moorings in London (some­thing cer­tainly needs to be done).

What’s nig­gling at me, though, is where, and what, all this might ex­pand to be­come. I’m all for the in­ter­net mak­ing life eas­ier, but I’d hate to find that in the long run it cur­tails the free­dom to roam – be­cause we should all be able (within the rules) to do what we like, when we like. Not when an au­to­mated sys­tem says we can.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get that we’ve un­veiled a new mag­a­zine app. Packed with 50 is­sues, it’s a great way to take CB with you. Search for Canal Boat mag­a­zine in the App Store.

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