There are two major and exciting waterway development projects which the Environment Agency are supporting proposed in the Anglian region, with similar aims and objectives.
They also have comparable economic and regeneration benefits to the region together with additional planned environmental and social outputs and outcomes.
The Fens Waterways Link is a major scheme proposed to connect the cathedral cities of the East of England including Lincoln, Peterborough, Ely, and the university city of Cambridge. It will create 240km of interconnected waterway, including 80km of new waterway and increased access to 160km. The link will create a number of new circular routes for regional boating as well as wider opportunities for recreation, tourism and the environment.
The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Park is an ambitious project to connect the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes with the River Great Ouse at Bedford. It will provide a 26km cross-country link that connects east and west, opens up the Marston Vale region, and provides amenities and opportunities for communities in the rapidly-developing Milton Keynes South Midlands area. Find out more here.
Photograph by Dave Phillips