Maintaining some canals for freight ‘unaffordable’, says DEFRA

The government is consulting on a new waterways charity to replace British Waterways. But the charity should not have responsibility to keep commercial waterways open to freight

Brookfoot canal, UK. Courtesy of Claire Bell, CCA2British Waterways' responsibilities to maintain rivers and canals for freight transport will not be fully transferred to the government's planned waterways charity, the environment department (DEFRA) suggests.

Maintaining waterways for freight cost British Waterways £607,000 in 2009/10, DEFRA says. But freight only generated the body £346,000 of revenue during the year.

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