Current consultations

From time to time the decisions we make can change the way you use the canal and river network. Where this happens we always try to get your input. Where it's a complex decision or has national interest, we will carry out a formal consultation. They don't happen all the time but if there are any underway you'll find them below.

A consultation on towpath use Apsley, Grand Union Canal

We're consulting with stakeholders, local authorities, communities and partners in order to put together a National Towpath Use policy.

The aim of the policy is to improve the experience for those people who use the towpaths in England and Wales. We aim to attract more visitors to regularly use and enjoy the waterways and to encourage shared, safe use of the towpaths.

Read our Sharing Towpaths document

Read our Sharing Towpaths Welsh language document

You can let us know what you think of our proposals by taking our short survey.

The Trust piloted the towpath code in London, developed jointly with the Share the Space Drop your Pace  campaign. If you live in or visit London the code may well be familiar to you. Please do take the time to tell us what you think about the code and if and how it could be improved.

This consultation will close on Friday 2 May

Canal & River Trust digital survey

Our digital team is committed to providing timely, relevant and engaging information about the canals and rivers of England and Wales and your feedback will help us to do this.

By completing our survey you'll help us refine the way we serve out information about the Trust and in return you'll get the chance to win an M&S voucher or glossy waterways book.

Birmingham Roundhouse Consultation

We are working with the National Trust to consult on the future use of the Roundhouse in Birmingham. This rare circular Grade II* listed building is owned by Canal & River Trust and we are keen to find new, creative uses for the space.

Some of the ideas that are being explored include a cycle store and workshop, facilities for local people and commuters, catering, and a hub for local businesses.

Full details can be found in the consultation document, including how to share your views.