A lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Canal Boat - - Letters -

HAV­ING re­cently de­cided that nar­row­boat life was a bucket list item, we have been avidly seek­ing out as much in­for­ma­tion as we can. Fol­low­ing the ex­ploits of the very like­able cou­ple aboard Nut­shell on YouTube we came to episode six called The Most Ter­ri­fy­ing Day Afloat.

The episode flags what ap­pears to be se­ri­ous short­com­ings in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the EA and the CRT. On this oc­ca­sion it re­sulted in boaters be­ing given the all-clear to move from the Ox­ford Canal to the River Thames when they clearly shouldn’t have been there. For­tu­nately, our in­trepid duo were well ex­pe­ri­enced in all things mar­itime and sur­vived un­scathed. I dread to think how we as new­bies would have coped. Surely the time has come to en­sure that th­ese sort of er­rors are never al­lowed to hap­pen. Come on guys, “it’s good to talk...”. RICHARD WE­STON via email

Sheep­wash Chan­nel where the Thames meets the Ox­ford Canal

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