News article created on 18 April 2016

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park waterways open for boat trip

Boaters are being encouraged to join a flotilla taking a trip around the waterways in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ahead of the waterways being open to all later this year.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The trip is being held on Saturday 9 July 2016. It’s open to everyone, with those interested in joining being asked to book in advance.

The waterways form a central feature of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park having been regenerated for the London 2012 Games. The opening of the loop around the former Olympic stadium will herald a new era for the waterways in this part of London.

Trip boat services and water sports activities are already in place and expanding ahead of the reopening of the waterways, as well as a £1.75million project to restore Carpenters Road Lock. The lock is the only one of its kind in the UK and will provide a range of heritage engagement opportunities for visitors as well as completing all links between the waterways in the Park.

Be one of the first

Jon Guest, Canal & River Trust waterway manager, said: “The transformation of the waterways in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, thanks to the 2012 Games, is staggering and it’s great that people will soon be able to experience this for themselves from the water.

"At a time when boating, especially in London, is arguably more popular than ever, boaters will have a few new miles of waterway to enjoy. We’ve so much planned for this part of the network in the coming years and the cruise is a great opportunity to be one of the first to get acquainted with the water here. I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

Find out more about the cruise, including the timetable and how to book.