Maintaining freight canals ‘unaffordable’

British Waterways’ roles in maintaining rivers and canals for freight transport will not be fully transferred to its successor, the government’s planned waterways charity, DEFRA suggests

British Waterways’ roles in maintaining rivers and canals for freight transport will not be fully transferred to its successor, 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 earned the body £346,000 of revenue during the year, making the situation “unaffordable”, DEFRA concludes. It suggests curbing the new body’s responsibilities. The announcement came in March in a consultation on the new charity.1

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