Pre-paid Lon­don moor­ings launched

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BOATERS WISH­ING TO visit Lon­don but con­cerned that they will find nowhere to moor will now have the op­tion to pre-book a berth at Lit­tle Venice – but at a cost of £10 per night.

Fol­low­ing a sur­vey which in­di­cated that the pres­sure on moor­ing space was a sig­nif­i­cant de­ter­rent to vis­it­ing the cap­i­tal by wa­ter, two berths on the Rem­brandt Gar­dens side of the Pool at Lit­tle Venice have been cho­sen for a trial of pre-book­able short stay moor­ings. They can be booked for up to seven nights at a time, book­ings can be made for as far ahead as Oc­to­ber 2017, and they can be changed or can­celled with 14 days’ no­tice. Boaters over­stay­ing or moor­ing with­out book­ing face a £25 a day ex­cess charge.

Boat­ing Strat­egy and En­gage­ment Man­ager Matthew Sy­monds said the moor­ings would en­able boaters to “pull up in one of the most pic­turesque parts of Lon­don, close to the heart of the city and with great trans­port links”.

De­pend­ing on the suc­cess of the trial, the Trust will in­ves­ti­gate rolling-out the scheme to other “suit­able places” across Lon­don – but en­sur­ing that “use is bal­anced with ex­ist­ing vis­i­tor and ca­sual tow­path moor­ings, and longer-term moor­ings.

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