Islington Eco-Mooring Zone trial

The Canal & River Trust and Islington Council are creating a trial ‘eco-mooring’ zone for visiting boats between King's Cross and Angel, either side of the Islington Tunnel on the Regent’s Canal.

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Update: Work to begin on site

We are really pleased to announce that work to install the electricity bollards for the Islington eco mooring zone trial will commence on site on the 7 September 2020 and should be completed by the first week in November. We expect that the trial will begin in November 2020 when the moorings will open for bookings.

Canal & River Trust and its contractors will aim to minimise disturbance to boaters, towpath users and residents as much as possible whilst the works are ongoing. There will be three phased mooring suspensions and towpath closures throughout the installation period. The dates below are approximate and subject to change, but we expect the closures to occur as per the below.

  • Zone 1: Colbrooke Row to Danbury Street - Mon 7/9/20 to Tues 22/9/20, inclusive.
  • Zone 2: Treaty Street to York Way - Weds 30/9/20 to Weds14/10/20, inclusive.
  • Zone 3: Caledonian Road to Muriel Street - Thurs 22/10/20 to Weds 28/10/20 inclusive.

The towpath and moorings will be open as usual outside these closures and diversion routes will be clearly marked.

If you encounter any issues with the eco-mooring zone works, written feedback can be sent to We have also produced a frequently asked questions document that can be viewed here.


Supported by funding from DEFRA, Islington Council and the Trust, the zone will include electric charging points to provide boaters with an alternative to running boat engines to generate energy, and a programme of energy advice and support for boaters.

This comes as the issue of air quality gains greater public attention, with both local and national government increasingly committed to measures to reduce air pollution in our cities.

Research from the Trust shows that, while the impact of boat emissions is minimal in comparison to pollution from road traffic, the people most at risk from engine fumes are boaters themselves. Using cleaner sources of energy, like electric charging points, will benefit boaters’ health.

While living on the waterways can be a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice, in some busy areas the impact of engine noise and fumes can affect both waterside residents and other boaters. Boaters live close to nature and many are keen to embrace green initiatives like solar panels and clean fuel. The Eco-Mooring Zone will enable boaters to reduce their reliance on using their engines for energy and to embrace a greener way of life.

With grant funding from DEFRA secured, alongside contributions from Islington Council and the Trust, we are now working together to implement the trial scheme. Once the site is live, there will be a transition period of two years during which there will be no running of diesel engines or generators permitted on site.

During the trial, there will be a progressive encouragement for boaters mooring here to move from burning solid fuels to using electricity for their heating, hot water and cooking. At the end of the two-year trial period there will be an evaluation to assess the feasibility of making the Eco-Mooring Zone completely smoke-free, with no solid fuel stoves permitted.

Full plans of the Eco-Mooring Zone and information about the new mooring arrangements will be published in advance of the Zone being launched. Please watch this space.

Boaters' forum 2019

During September 2019 we held discussions with boaters about the practical and technical aspects of the project, to inform its design and delivery.

There was an open meeting for boaters to hear about the project and the details of the design. Boaters shared their views with the project team about the location and design of the bollards, the management of the moorings, and the programme of support and good practice dissemination.

The results of the discussions were used to inform the plans for the Eco-Mooring Zone. 

Volunteers needed for air quality monitoring

Islington Council has secured additional funding from DEFRA to deliver a programme of boater engagement and support to help raise awareness of the positive changes that boaters can make and provide practical support.

As part of this programme, King's College London (KCL) will be working with boaters to understand how different heating systems within canal boats affects the air quality within the boat.

To do this, we need your help. King's College London (KCL) are looking for boaters who would like to volunteer to have the air quality in their boat monitored for a period of 24 hours.  

The monitoring will take place on your boat for a 24 hour period during February and early March 2020 (exact timing will depend on your availability). It requires you to be on board, switch the system on and off and record details such as when you cook, use any heating systems, open windows etc.

The research is being done by King's College London in collaboration with Islington Council and Canal & River Trust.

KCL needs enough detail about your boat and heating systems to ensure that a variety of systems and set ups are covered, so if you are interested please complete the questions in KCL's survey.

Kings College London will be in touch if you are picked to take part. If you have any questions about the survey or the study, please contact:


Last date edited: 29 July 2020