East London reopening festival delayed
BOW BACK RIVERS
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.