IWA HIGHLIGHTS GAPS IN FACILITIES
Concerned at the long distances between boater facilities on some waterways, the Inland Waterways Association has launched its GapTracker campaign to close the gaps – and is appealing for boaters to help gather evidence from across the country about areas where services are few and far between.
The Association feels that it should not take more than five hours at typical cruising speed to get between adjacent water points, sanitary stations and rubbish points, or ten hours between pump-out stations. IWA believes that closures have left longer gaps than these, and plans to encourage the navigation authorities to provide extra facilities to fill these gaps. But as IWA Navigation Committee Chairman Steve Warwicker puts it, “It’s important this campaign is as widereaching as possible” – so IWA is asking for help to cover all the canals and rivers, even those not linked to the main network.
Boaters can report absent or inadequate facilities online via IWA’s new ‘GapTracker’ scheme: go to waterways. org.uk/gaptracker and click the link to fill in an online form.
Facilities block at Welford