The Trust is introducing a trial stretch of new visitor moorings on the Regent’s Canal in King’s Cross following a consultation last year into how the space in this increasingly popular area can be shared fairly.
Seven-day visitor moorings will be introduced between York Way and the Tiber Gardens pocket park while the remaining moorings up to Treaty Street will continue to be 14-day casual moorings. To ensure safe navigation, the moorings in the area will be restricted to double mooring only, with a maximum of two narrowboats or one widebeam on a visitor mooring, and two rows of boats on the remaining moorings.
This trial is an interim measure while the Trust develops plans for installing electric bollards along the stretch, and considers future mooring space allocation across the capital through the London Mooring Strategy. The trial will run for up to six months from November 2016 to April 2017.
The Trust will be updating the signage at all the sites, including details of the stay times, a clear description of the location and the post-code and grid reference in case of emergencies.
Sorwar Ahmed, London boater liaison manager at the Trust, said: "King’s Cross has undergone a massive amount of regeneration over the past five years and the Regent’s Canal is right at the heart of it. It’s become a popular place to moor for boaters from London and further afield and we have to find a way to manage the moorings fairly for all, while making sure there’s enough space for boats to cruise past safely. We consulted widely with the boating and waterside communities and these plans reflect the range of responses we received. We’re continuing to work on how London’s towpath mooring space can work best for boaters and we welcome feedback."
More information on the consultation and the plans will be available here: King's Cross visitor mooring trial