New walkway at Paddington

This week (24th September 2014) a new walkway along the south side of Paddington Basin was unofficially opened. The finishing touches were being done earlier in the week. The walkway provides a new connection between the moorings at St Mary’s and the plaza area around the eastern end of the basin. It’s a much shorter route compared to the time honoured one involving a walk along the north side of the basin.

Access to new walkway at Praed St end of basin

Access to new walkway at Praed St end of basin

View looking west along new walkway with Wood Hall & Heward's 'Church' & dumb barge in view

View looking west along new walkway with Wood Hall & Heward’s ‘Church’ & dumb barge in view

The start of the new walkway by the St Mary's hospital visitor moorings in Paddington Basin

The start of the new walkway by the St Mary’s hospital visitor moorings in Paddington Basin

Canal & River piss up at Croydon?

Take a pee and dream of a great day out on the canals!

Canal & River Trust’s advertising’s clearly ‘on stream!’

Shame the Croydon Canal is no longer open 😦

Seen in the public toilets at Croydon’s Whitgift shopping centre.

Canal & River Trust advert Croydon Whitgift Centre

Canal & River Trust ad by urinal Croydon Whitgift Centre

Canal & River Trust advert Croydon Whitgift Centre

Canal & River Trust advert Croydon Whitgift Centre

The guy from Friends of Regent’s Canal!

This afternoon I very quickly visited the Angel Canal Festival in Islington. This is held every year on the first weekend of September. Rather than focus on boats, this time round I have posted a social commentary picture (eg boat-free) of the entrance to Islington tunnel on the London Canals website.

My choice of picture from the festival (another boat-free choice!) is this study of Ian Shacklock, who runs the Friends of the Regent’s Canal advocacy group, in their stall by City Road basin.

The picture in the background is a painting of the bridge by the Regent’s Canal at Old Ford. This bridge forms the entrance to the Hertford Union canal.

Ian Shacklock Friends of Regent's Canal

Ian Shacklock Friends of Regent’s Canal

For those who are interested Friends of Regent’s Canal has meetings at the London Canal museum in King’s Cross to discuss matters related to the Regent’s Canal. The next meeting is on 10th September 2014 7pm to 9pm.

Relief for pressurised Regent’s Canal towpath?

Today (2nd Sept) a leaflet dropped through the letter box.

It details plans for a East-West cycle superhighway. Clearly this could provide some partial relief for the oversubscribed Regent’s Canal towpath route when one considers this along with the Barking to Tower Gateway route.

The two routes combined would provide a through cycle route from Barking to Little Venice and intersect with the Lee Navigation/Regent’s Canal at Limehouse and the Grand Union/Regent’s Canal at Little Venice.

It would also provide excellent connections between the canal and the River Thames through central London.

Although the plans do not denote Little Venice as an objective it is clear the proposed route does reach Little Venice. The westernmost extremity touches the A40 Westway at its junction with Westbourne Terrace Road in London’s Little Venice.

 

East-West Cycle Superhighway Tower Gateway to Little Venice

East-West Cycle Superhighway Tower Gateway to Little Venice

A series of consultation meetings have been arranged and these are detailed in the leaflet. The dates of these meetings can also be seen here (combined with the North-South meetings.)

TfL has a consultation page on the proposals – however nothing is up yet (as of September 2nd.)

Update 3rd September 2014:

News coverage on the new proposed routes include a good selection of illustrations and maps at the Daily Mail.

TfL’s consultation page now has full details on the proposals, including pdfs of the leaflets that were distributed to local neigbourhoods.

Boris Johnson says he thinks these new super highways will be the longest segregated cycleways in Europe.

Does that mean we can finally say goodbye to the cycle speedsters on London’s Regent’s Canal?