Canal and River Trust


Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust(CRT) are the national body entrusted with the care and maintenance of 2,000 miles of inland waterway in England & Wales. We develop and implement improvement works to enhance our infrastructure, including works that facilitate waterborne freight and influence modal shift. We actively promote the benefits of using waterways as a means of moving freight.

Why is Canal & River Trust participating in the project?

Identification and costed solutions for removing bottlenecks that prevent waterborne freight opportunities from growing. Expansion and improvement of freight carrying inland waterway network. Enhanced relationship and increased co-operation with port operators and logistical specialists across the EU. Realisation of new opportunities to move freight from roads to water.

Has Canal & River Trust experience with international projects?

Over the last decade the Trust has participated in 19 transnational projects, particularly using Interreg funds. We have just completed Interreg NWE (2014-20) projects Numericanal and Green & Blue Futures as lead partner. We also led on Interreg NSR which showcased freight potential of inland waterways.

What is your main role in the project?

Freight flow mapping exercise that will look at all materials and goods that are currently being brought into the ports of Goole and Hull, moreover looking into the Aire & Calder and Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigations to identify all bottlenecks and costed solutions for removing them. There will be an increased focus on Bullholme Lock, which is a key bottleneck presently. Improvements here would allow Euro Class II barges on to the waterway which would be a significant step forward.