Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Inland waterways boom in recession

The move against the exchange rate of the pound of late has encouraged holistays (I much prefer this term to the American "staycation") and leisure boating has boomed as a result. The experience of Norfolk is typical. Unfortunately, I cannot find WWW evidence for this, but a recent BBC-News item showed that the Grand Union and other canals in Britain are sharing in this boom. A spokesman went so far as to say that there are currently more boats active on the network than there were at the peak of the Industrial Revolution.

If only the engineering and financial obstacles to connection of our two canals could be overcome, Neath Port Talbot is well placed to share in this success in future.

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