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 […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 3

Did a City of Westminster councillor fail the city in its duties? I decided to add this interim installment to this investigation of the towpath situation between Little Venice and Lisson Grove as I think it lends an important aspect to the failures in providing proper access and good signage for disabled people who wish to use the canal towpaths […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’ – 2

We begin this section with a quote from London Canals’ 2006 report: Why is there a problem at Maida Hill & Lisson Grove? “Until the 1980’s there never used to be such major restrictons pertaining to the towpath in question. British Waterways’ proposals for a major waterborne light and sound show in 1989 meant that large numbers of boats moored […]

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London’s worst canal ‘towpath’

The subject of this 1st blog post is towpath accessibility – which seems appropriate as my life now focuses on disability rights & access. This issue of accessibility along the ‘substituted towpath’ section between Little Venice and Lisson Grove etc has been discussed in the past and was in fact the subject of a survey conducted by London Canals in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 5 – Ladbroke Grove to Little Venice

The former Porta Bella dock, now another of those useless water features that people seem to like turning canals into. Whats all this talk of ‘restoration’ when this happens? Houses in Harrow Road whose backs are right on the canal’s edge. These are the only such examples left on London’s waterways. New flats by Harrow Road. Very little left in […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 4 – Harlesden to Kensal Green

A slightly scruffy looking stretch of canal belies these electricity substations and their service bridges east of Acton Lane, Harlesden. This was the site of METESCo’s Acton Lane power station, built in 1899. An aerial view of the complex can be seen at Britain from Above. The canal enters a lengthy cutting from Acton lane to Old Oak Road. This […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 3 – Alperton to Acton Lane

The canal has a lengthy run past Horsenden Hill Golf Course as far as the WLCC at Alperton. Despite the location it is surprisingly rural The West London Crusing Club’s moorings at Alperton Modern copy of a traditional bridge at Alperton – the concrete arch gives away its origin The visitor moorings at Alperton, next to the large Sainsburys superstore. […]

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Grand Union Paddington Arm Part 2 – Northolt to Horsenden Hill

Northolt boatyard, offering services, gas and diesel. Its operated by High Line Yachting of Iver. This is the last opportunity to fill up before London. The next opportunity is Springfield Marina on the Lee Navigation – unless one happens to meet either of the area’s working narrowboats that sell coal and diesel The building seen towering above the wharf is […]

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The Grand Union’s Paddington Arm

The Padddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal (formerly the Grand Junction Canal) like all the Grand Union routes, was actually owned by the Regents Canal company. Their Grand Union network was formed in 1929 and was the last major waterways merge before nationalisation. The Paddington Arm was one of the last to see the old fashioned style of regular […]

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London’s Three Canal Tunnels – Maida Hill/Lisson Grove access paths

Maida Hill has no towpath so one has to walk over the top of the tunnel via Edgware Road, then walk along Aberdeen Place towards the junction with Cunningham Place, where a side passage between a block of flats and a electricity substation leads to the top of the eastern portal of the tunnel. Here can be found an information […]

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