Reopening Leeds for Waterways Freight: discussion 9.2.18

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) West Riding branch invite you to an evening of waterways freight-related chat on Friday 9 February 2018,19:00 – 21:30 GMT. It will be held at the Canal & River Trust Office, Fearns Wharf, Neptune Street, Leeds, LS9 8PB – View Map

There is an historic legacy in the UK and elsewhere of investment in existing transport modes drying up once a new one comes along. In the 19th century canals declined as the rail system grew. During the 20th century, the UK rail network has contracted progressively with the development of road transport.

The same trends have occurred everywhere in Europe but some countries have taken a more strategic approach than the UK. As long ago as 1876 the national waterway strategy was developed in France, providing for standard vessels of 350 tonnes cargo capacity. From 1899, Germany adopted a standard vessel size of 1000 tonnes capacity.

Most UK inland waterway traffic at this time was being moved in vessels carrying less than 150 tonnes and, in contrast with the rest of Europe, Britain’s freight waterways have continued to suffer from a lack of strategic planning and investment and remained at a capacity below accepted European standards for modern barges and river-sea ships.

Can Leeds buck this trend? We look forward to this project update from Canal & River Trust to find out more!

There will be information about IWA and how you can help the branch with projects we have planned. There will also be the option to take part in a raffle with proceeds going to IWA.

Tea and coffee will be available.

Pre-booking not essential. Feel free to turn up on the night.

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