Bridgewater Canal Reciprocal Licensing being scrapped

If the changes to reciprocal licensing arrangements are not amended, many boaters could be seriously affected.  If you  wish to contact your MP on this matter, you can find a template on the IWA website for you to download and use  .

Parliamentary constituencies which include parts of the Bridgewater Canal are:  Altrincham & Sale West, Halton, Leigh, Manchester Central, Salford & Eccles, Stretford & Urmston, Tatton, Warrington South, Weaver Vale, Worsley & Eccles South and Wythenshaw & Sale.  Boaters and members are also encouraged to write to their own MPs about this situation.

Please see below for past information on this mater:

Update on 21/06/2016:

Following Bridgewater Canal’s update of its approach to enforcement for Canal & River Trust licence holders (see below), we wanted to confirm that we will forward details of any licence holders wishing to use the Bridgewater Canal as part of passage to a festival this summer.  Please contact us at; or, and provide your boat details (index number, name, and your name, and the festival that you are travelling to/from, and dates of travel), and we will pass these on.
We will provide a further update following a meeting planned with representatives of the Bridgewater Canal Company in July to discuss these issue.

NOTICE JUNE 2016 – Announcement for amendments to the BCCL/CRT reciprocal agreement.
Please note we are now operating a no return within 28 day restriction
under the reciprocal agreement with CRT. We have been working on these
changes for a year and BCCL have now decided to bring them into play
this summer to reinforce our enforcement work and to protect the Canal
from abuse. To help prevent further exploitation we have introduced a
no return policy to the reciprocal agreement which now reads as;
‘C&RT licensed crafts are permitted upto 7 consecutive days free
navigation on the Bridgewater Canal. No return within any 28 day period’.
For clarification after 7-days from first arriving on the Bridgewater
Canal a permit will be required to remain on the Bridgewater Canal.
Any return within 28 days from the date of leaving whether leaving
after 3 days or 5 days or up to 7 days you will require an additional permit.
We are in discussions with C&RT and have agreed with C&RT that for
2016 any boaters who are registered to attend the Liverpool Festival
or another bona fide canal festival will be permitted return
navigation on the Bridgewater Canal at no cost subject to their
registration details being provided to BCCL by C&RT or IWA.
It is possible that a return ticket for a reduced fee may be
introduced. Any return ticket information will be placed on the
Bridgewater Canal website when it is available.
On behalf of
The Bridgewater Canal Company Limited

Original message:

We have become aware that Bridgewater Canal have changed their approach to enforcement for Canal & River Trust licencees.  They have confirmed to us that they are only allowing Trust licencees a 7 consecutive day access to the canal without charge, no return allowed within 28 days.  After the 7 days is expired people will be required to purchase short-term licences.
Canal & River Trust are seeking to review this change with the Bridgewater Canal and will advise further when this is done.
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