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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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Liverpool’s popular city centre waterfront is to become more accessible to a greater number of boaters, thanks to the changes we're introducing this year.
Since the Liverpool Link opened in 2009, the city has become increasingly popular and central visitor moorings harder to secure at busy times. Boaters have asked for more slots to travel through the link and a recent consultation endorsed plans to expand opportunities for travelling and staying in the city.
Chantelle Seaborn, North West waterway manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “We received more than 60 responses and there was overwhelming support for making changes to give more people the opportunity to visit this fantastic city.
“Liverpool boasts some great tourist attractions, like the Maritime Museum and the Tate Art Gallery, as well as spectacular events like the Mersey River Festival every June. We want to offer the maximum number of opportunities for boaters to experience the city and I’m delighted we will soon be able to make changes to allow this to happen.”
The new operating system will be implemented from 1 August 2015. The changes will include:
Chantelle added: “As part of this process, we will be reviewing the quality and availability of visitor moorings along the canal in Merseyside. The first few months of the new arrangements from August to October will be a trial period. We need to evaluate how the changes impact operationally on water resources, moorings and manpower.
“We will carry out another consultation at the end of the boating season to see what boaters and other stakeholders feel about the changes before deciding on arrangements for 2016.
“Hopefully the new arrangements will be welcomed and provide the best possible range of options for boaters wanting to visit this wonderful city.”
We're looking for volunteers with a passion for Liverpool to look after boaters who have travelled through the Liverpool canal Link and help them make the most of their visit to the city.
The role will involve being on hand to meet and talk to boaters and other visitors, helping with any enquiries they may have and explaining the role of the Canal & River Trust.
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