Following an agreement with the Bridgewater Canal Company, CRT-licensed boaters wishing to access the Bridgewater Canal, must now pre-book the visit using the on-line booking system (https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/boating/planning-your-boat-trip/booking-your-passage-online), after you have set up a customer account, or by phone on 0303 0404040. Outbound passage, free of charge, is limited to a maximum of seven continuous days and return passage is up to a maximum of three continuous days free of charge. If you do not book the return journey when you book the outbound journey, you should log into your online account and tick the ‘three extra days’ box on the date of your return journey. The outbound and return journeys must be made within a continuous 28-day period, which starts on the first day of the outbound journey. You cannot return to the Bridgewater within 28 days, unless you buy a short-term Bridgewater licence from www.bridgewatercanal.co.uk/boating (between £20 for three days to £160 for 28 days).
River Thames Alliance closed down
The directors of RTA Co. Ltd. held a board meeting on 19th December and agreed to cease trading and wind up the company. This followed the AGM in October, which set up an independent Review Task Group to consider all aspects of the objectives, management and governance of the company and to propose a course of action to determine the future of the Alliance. The Group met on 8th November and concluded in a report that it was necessary to wind-up the company. RTA supported the Thames All Party Parliamentary Group (TAPPG), an independent organisation registered in Parliament, and this will be re-registered with the new parliament. The current chair, John Howell (MP for Henley) invited interested MPs to support the new TAPPG at a meeting on 13th January and to find a way to bring forward issues for future meetings. These include the challenge of addressing illegal moorings along the Thames, with actions going through the courts, and a continuing conflict between river users and the EA. RTA was the only organisation on the Thames that was in a position to take an overarching view of the entire Thames to deliver a united view to decision makers. For Thames boaters, the remaining group is the Thames User Group (Navigation).