East Lon­don re­open­ing fes­ti­val de­layed

BOW BACK RIVERS

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THE EAST LON­DON Wa­ter­ways Fes­ti­val, planned to mark the re­open­ing of the last links in the lo­cal net­work of wa­ter­ways known as the Bow Back Rivers, has had to be post­poned from the late spring bank hol­i­day week­end to the Au­gust bank hol­i­day week­end.

The sys­tem has un­der­gone a great deal of change in re­cent years, much of in con­nec­tion with the 2012 Olympics which in­cluded restor­ing City Mill Lock, build­ing the new Three Mills Lock, and turn­ing some for­merly ti­dal parts of the sys­tem into non-ti­dal wa­ter.

Fol­low­ing the Games, the main nav­i­ga­ble cir­cuit of wa­ter­ways has re­mained partly closed for Olympic Legacy work and Cross­rail con­struc­tion. It had been hoped to re­open the cir­cuit in May as well as the unique Car­pen­ter’s Road Lock, cur­rently un­der restora­tion after many years’ clo­sure in­clud­ing re­in­state­ment of its ra­dial guil­lo­tine gates.

Un­for­tu­nately, although the Cross­rail re­me­di­a­tion works were com­plete and the chan­nel re-wa­tered in Jan­uary, un­ex­pected de­lays mean the lock will not be ready for May.

Project Man­ager Steven Wild­ing said that the busy sched­ule of events in the Park meant 26-28 Au­gust was the only other date avail­able this year, but added that it would “en­sure the lock is ready, fully com­mis­sioned and tested” be­fore the resched­uled Fes­ti­val.

Any boaters wish­ing to bring their craft to the Fes­ti­val should con­tact wa­ter­ways@ lon­don­le­gacy.co.uk.

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