Towpath Improvements

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Environment Committee's report 'More or Less' (Mooring on London's Waterways) recommended that the Canal and River Trust should increase mooring supply. Could the Mayor urge TfL to stipulate that any future funding it provides to the Canal and Rivers Trust for towpath and related environment improvements should be conditional on a requirement to protect and improve mooring facilities?


Answer for Towpath Improvements

Answer for Towpath Improvements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Plan (Policy 7.30) highlights the need to respect the character of London's canals network and to ensure any proposals contribute to their accessibility and active water based uses. 

In terms of TfL's role, currently this mainly relates to supporting the use of canals for walking and cycling.  For example, canals have an important role to play in the emerging Quietways network of lightly- trafficked routes for new and less confident cyclists that are being delivered by TfL and its delivery partners, as part of my Vision for Cycling in London.  This includes the Canal & River Trust, which is responsible for developing and consulting on proposals concerning their towpaths. I have therefore asked TfL to investigate the possibility to attaching conditions to Quietways funding which would prevent damage to or loss of mooring facilities.