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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

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