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Planning & design
All you need to know about planning and design on our canals and rivers
Find a winter mooring
Find a cosy section of canal to hunker down in this winter
10 reasons to take up canoeing
It's a great way to get fit and explore our waterways at the same time
Share the Space
Take a look at our common sense guide to sharing the towpath
Find a place to fish
From reservoirs to club-managed canals and river stretches - find your nearest place to fish
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Find your favourite waterway
With over 95 canals, rivers, reservoirs, docks and navigations, find out more about your favourite waterway
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
If you're aged 16-25 and would like to get involved with this exciting project, please get in touch
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We're asking speeding motorists to slow down when crossing the 200 year-old hump-back bridges that span the nation’s canal network.
It really isn’t rocket science – if you see a hump-back bridge sign then slow down and you will save yourself and us a great deal of expense and aggravation.
Nigel Crowe, head of heritage
We've taken the unprecedented step of installing our first CCTV to catch ‘hit and run’ motorists, who smash into an average of one bridge every week.
Hump-back bridges, synonymous with Britain’s canal network, were built for the passage of horse-drawn carts, not for today’s speeding motorists, who cause up to £1 million pounds of damage to bridges each year. The majority of accidents are ‘hit and run’, leaving us unable to recoup the cost of the damage from drivers’ insurers, and diverting vital funds away from work to conserve the nation’s waterways.
We're hitting back at irresponsible drivers by installing its first CCTV sensor at an accident hump-back hot spot on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal near Kidderminster. Caunsall Bridge, which has been hit six times in the last 18 months, is currently undergoing £30,000 of repairs to its parapet following damage from a ‘hit and run’ motorist. If the trial is successful, we will look at installing sensors at other hotspots across our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers.
Nigel Crowe, the Canal & River Trust’s head of heritage, explains: “Whenever you go over a hump-back bridge in Britain you are likely to be going over a canal. These bridges are unique, many are listed as being of special architectural or historical significance, and when damaged they need to be painstakingly repaired at considerable cost.
“We’ve taken the unusual steps to install the sensor to this particular bridge as it has been repeatedly hit over the last few years. If it is a success, we’ll look to install similar sensors to other hump-back accident hot spots.
"We are also working with the local authorities to improve signage and road markings, but frankly, if motorists just slowed down a bit and took more care and attention then they would stop this daily vandalism of our heritage. It really isn’t rocket science – if you see a hump-back bridge sign then slow down and you will save yourself and us a great deal of expense and aggravation.”
Pocklington Canal needs you
19 February 2018
North Wales and Borders canals are popular hot spots with boaters
16 February 2018
Plans submitted to transform Finsley Gate into leisure destination and community space
15 February 2018
New season of half term family fun at Standedge Visitor Centre
Pocklington Canal Amenity Society adopts section of Pocklington Canal
14 February 2018
Paddleboarding yoga group helps tackle litter on Nottingham's waterways
See the Nottingham Beeston Canal in a new light this February
12 February 2018
Newbury school helps us tackle litter on the waterways
9 February 2018