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.