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Editor Nick Wall muses on the benefits, and possible drawbacks, of recently launched booking services in the new issue
Inside the issue:
Boat test of the Elsie Alice from Tristar
How the 200-year-old Leeds & Liverpool was built on a battleground
Liveaboard David Johns moors up for the winter
Steve Haywood on the joys of autumn
Cruise guide: Yorkshire Ouse
- 1 Narrowboat Living: Space-Saving Solutions
- 2 10 of the best pubs along: the Rivers Lee and Stort
- 3 Linking Lichfield: the Lichfield Canal restoration
- 4 Boat test: “Oyster Catcher” the permanent house boat
- 5 4 Interior Design Ideas for Your Narrowboat
- 6 Cruise guide | Chesterfield Canal
- 7 10 of the best pubs along: Grand Union Canal, Tring to the Thames
- 8 Winifred: a 1980s hire boat refit with reclaimed wood
- 9 CRT licence fees up but widebeams pay more
- 10 Cruise Guide | Grand Union Canal, Part 2 | Braunston to Marsworth
Restoring the Norwood Tunnel
Why your boat heater might not be working
Mosey along the Macc
And much more!
Canal Boat editor Nick Wall says…
I tend not to worry too much when I’m out and around the waterways – for me that’s a big reason for going to them. But recently I have had a small concern, call it a bit of a niggle if you like.
One of CRT’s recent initiatives is an online one-stop-shop booking to service ‘to make life easier’; so from November if you want to, for instance, plan trips on the Anderton Boat Lift, through Standedge Tunnel, the Liverpool Canal Link, the Ribble Link and Frankton Locks, or want to use Wigan and Ellesmere dry docks, you will be able to book up to two years in advance.
So far, so good – and very helpful.
The Trust goes on to say that if it’s successful, it will look to roll out online booking to other bookable passages and dry docks across the network.
Then, of course, there is the trial of booking visitor moorings in London (something certainly needs to be done).
What’s niggling at me, though, is where, and what, all this might expand to become. I’m all for the internet making life easier, but I’d hate to find that in the long run it curtails the freedom to roam.
We all should be able (within the laws) to do what we like, when we like. Not when an automated system says we can.
Finally, don’t forget that we’ve unveiled a new app. Packed with 50 issues, it’s a great way to take CB with you. You can download it from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or from the Amazon App Store.