Floating garden and water taxis for Paddington
A WATER TAXI service, a floating park, trade boats and hire craft are promised as part of plans to “bring the water to life” in London’s Paddington Basin.
Built as the terminus of the Grand Union’s Paddington Arm, the basin fell out of use in the mid 20th Century, but has been a centre of regeneration in recent years and is surrounded by modern buildings.
The Canal & River Trust says it now wants to turn it into “an exciting hub for boaters, residents, workers and visitors”. The plans include:
• A free trial water taxi service running two days a week for the short distance from Bishop’s Bridge Road (for Paddington Station) to Little Venice and Merchant Square – which if popular would become permanent.
• Two electric day-hire boats operated by Danish company GoBoat, seating eight people, available from this spring and based at the end of the basin.
• New floating traders: a gift and coffee shop boat with information about the history of the basin, and a floating café run by Beany Green.
• A floating pocket park in the unused part at the far end of the basin (which had been earmarked for business barges) including lawns, planting and seating plus space for more floating traders. Following concerns that the floating park would represent a loss of much-needed mooring space in the capital, Jon Guest of CRT said: “We’re making sure we keep plenty of space for visiting boats.”