Good news for boaters wanting to pre-book moorings in London

The Canal & River Trust has completed its work on a survey sent out last year to gauge the level of demand for boaters wanting to visit London’s crowded waterways.

There were 1,400 responses and the upshot was there is demand for pre-bookable moorings and the Trust is already trialling a pre-book short stay mooring spots. The trial mooring spot for pre-book is Rembrandt Gardens, Little Venice, London W2 1XB.

Little Venice Basin


Matthew Symonds of the CRT said, “”Pre-bookable moorings are proving popular and during the summer we are already at almost full capacity. We’re exploring possibilities for a phase 2 pre-bookable pilot.”

The survey showed that perceived pressure on mooring space was putting some boaters off visiting London. Of the 27% respondents who hadn’t visited the capital by boat, 85% said that it was because they weren’t certain they would find a place to moor. A near 60% said that they would consider paying for a reserved mooring and would pay as much as £10 a night.

The survey results showed that 73% had visited London by boat, of which 45% had visited in 2016 and 18% in 2015.

Most visiting boaters moored on general towpath moorings (64%) or visitor moorings (63%), with 14% stopping on paid private moorings.

Matthew Symonds said, “We had a great response to the survey. It is no surprise to see that boaters want to see more facilities and we are doing what we can to find suitable places to put them.

“We’ve worked hard to get funding and install around 3,500 m rings over the past two years, creating or improving around 195 mooring spots.”

Matthew noted that high on the list of requests by respondents was to reduce overstaying and to see better enforcement of the rules. He said

The Trust will be carrying out further engagement work including  undertaking surveys of boaters and other stakeholders in London over the coming months to help inform the wider London mooring strategy.

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