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News article created on 17 August 2015

Operator sought for new moorings in Hackney Wick

We've created a stretch of new moorings in east London to help meet the demand from boaters for permanent moorings and we're inviting third parties to tender to manage the site.

The moorings are next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on the River Lee Navigation in Hackney Wick. The 280-metre site will create twelve leisure and two trade towpath moorings, and will include a public pump-out facility which will be looked after by the Trust.

Mike Grimes, head of boating at the Trust, said: “There’s a long list of boaters in London who want moorings but are unable to find any.  We are trying to redress the balance by creating permanent moorings, and by encouraging other businesses to do the same. 

“These moorings are next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, an area that’s been transformed in recent years. Ten years, ago, the waterways in the Park itself – the Bow Back Rivers – were largely inaccessible by boat, abandoned and polluted. Today they form the vibrant green heart of the Park. While work is ongoing to open them up to all boaters, it’s fantastic to be able to offer boaters a chance to find a permanent mooring in such a special place.”

Permanent mooring space in London is at a premium, and demand far outstrips supply. We're creating and facilitating new moorings to help relieve the pressure, for both private and business boats. At the same time we're encouraging third parties to develop and manage sites across the capital’s waterways so boaters are offered a wider choice of moorings.

The tender will run from 17th August to 28September.  If there are any questions about the tender, please contact: sam.anderson-brown@canalrivertrust.org.uk