Report makes case for canal use in London

The use of London's canal network to transport freight could take thousands of tonnes of cargo off the capital's roads and cut congestion, research this week shows.

A study by Transport for London (TfL) and canal agency British Waterways claims that canals could offer a green alternative to road haulage by reducing dependency on lorries.

It examined the savings that could be made through canal transportation on a 42km lock-free stretch of the Grand Union Canal in west London. It found that the route could potentially remove 640,000 tonnes of materials a year from roads and save 850,000km of lorry travel.

TfL surface transport managing director Peter Hendy said: "This report gives businesses and authorities a clear approach and method to assess the most economic and environmentally sustainable form of transport."

- Developing Water Borne Freight on the West London Canal Network can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.


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