25 August 2016
The CRT/Bridgewater reciprocal agreement remains in force and the first seven days of cruising for CRT and Bridgewater on each other’s waters are free
changes to the CRT/Bridgewater reciprocal agreement were made as a result of
the problems that the Bridgewater Canal enforcement team have encountered over
the past 18 months. The overstaying and abuse of the Canal by some boaters is
far more widespread than initially envisaged with over 70 statutory enforcement
notices served and 7 craft removed from the Canal for failure to comply and
therefore we have had to act to protect the Canal.
We are now
operating a change and have introduced a no return within 28 day (without a
permit) restriction under the current reciprocal agreement with CRT commencing
this summer. The reciprocal agreement now reads as;
licensed crafts are permitted upto 7 consecutive days free navigation on the
Bridgewater Canal. No return within any 28 day period (without a permit)’.
We very much welcome visiting CRT boats and they
will carry on benefiting from 7 consecutive days visit free of charge on the
Bridgewater, in a calendar year this is over 70 days free of charge. On both canal
networks after 7-days from first arriving on either CRT waters or the
Bridgewater Canal a permit has always been required to remain on each canal
network. The change we have brought in
means that any return within 28 days from the date of leaving whether leaving
after 3 days or 5 days or up to 7 days then a permit will now be required. A
7-day permit is available which applies to Bridgewater craft on CRT waters and
CRT craft on Bridgewater Canal or a return permit to transit through for a
reduced fee of £20 (3-days) is also available and can be purchased on the
Bridgewater Canal website or by telephone or from an enforcement officer.
We have had
a positive meeting with CRT and have agreed with them that for 2016 any boaters
who are registered to attend any bonafide Festivals will be permitted return
navigation on the Bridgewater Canal at no cost subject to their registration
details being provided to BCCL by C&RT.
agreed to review this policy within 12 months