We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Who we are and what we do

Until 2nd July 2012 British Waterways was the public corporation that cared for the 2,200 mile network of canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales. Within these pages you will see that some documents relate to British Waterways and others to the Canal & River Trust.

This class of information contains organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance. Information in this class is current information, rather than historic information.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website has a page dedicated to Inland Waterways where information about the process of setting up the Canal & River Trust, including documents such as the Grant Agreement, can be found.

Roles and responsibilities

Introducing the Canal & River Trust 

Senior staff and board members


The council




General Canal Byelaws 1965

Byelaws for the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and River Severn Navigation 1962

Byelaws for London Docklands 1996

Byelaws for Rivers Ouse and Foss 1972

River Tees Barrage and Upstream River Byelaws 1993

Acts of Parliament

British Transport Commission Act 1954

British Transport Commission Act 1959

Transport Act 1962 

British Waterways Act 1963

British Waterways Act 1965

British Waterways Act 1966

Transport Act 1968

British Waterways Act 1971

British Waterways Act 1974

British Waterways Act 1975

British Waterways Act 1983

British Waterways Act 1987

British Waterways Act 1988

British Waterways Act 1995

The British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

Canal & River Trust have been granted permission to place these Acts on its website by National Archives under the Open Government Licence. By accessing these Acts you agree to abide by that licence.

Some of the Acts listed above are shown in their original form and may have been amended or repealed in part. It is advisable to instruct a solicitor when interpreting such Acts.





Last date edited: 22 September 2015