Environment Agency - Anglian

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AINA Representative: Mr Stuart Taylor - Head of Recreation and Navigation

Kingfisher House
Goldhay Way
Orton Goldhay
Peterborough
PE2 5ZR

Telephone: 01733 371811
Fax: 01733 231840

Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk
Website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk 

Constitutional status 

Non-Department government body.

Description of navigation

Rural and urban rivers.

A brief history of the navigation

There are 5 Agency controlled navigations in the Anglian Region, the Great Ouse, Nene, Welland/Glen, Ancholme and Suffolk Stour. The Ouse and Nene are connected via the Middle Level System of drains and form the dominant waterway cruising network in the fens. The Ouse, Nene and Welland/Glen navigations all discharge ultimately to the Wash.

The Ancholme flows through North Lincolnshire and connects to the Humber at South Ferriby. In addition to inland cruising activities, the Ancolme is also used as a base for off-shore cruising in the Humber and beyond.

The Suffolk Stour is one of the oldest statutory navigations in the country, the navigation Act dating back to 1705. Today navigation on much of the river is restricted to use by small craft, although powered craft can use some sections.

Current situation and use

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All of the above navigations are open to all craft with the exception of the restriction highlighted for the River Stour.

There is an operational link with British Waterways in Northampton where the Nene navigation links to the canal network. There are also close working relationships between the Agency and BW on the Witham and in connection with the proposed Bedford-Milton Keynes link.

In the Fens there are a number of well established partnership groups, these include the Lincolnshire Waterway Partnership and the Fens Tourism Group.

Plans for the future

Waterway Plans for all rivers will be published for public consultation during 2004, the outcome of this exercise will help to shape the future development of the waterways.

The proposed Fens Waterway Link is the flagship waterway project in the region and the project to link Lincoln, Peterborough and Cambridge by water will continue during 2004 and beyond.

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Closely associated with the Fens Waterway Link is the Nar-Ouse Link, which is a proposal to connect Kings Lynn to the inland navigation network. Both of these projects complement the proposed Bedford – Milton Keynes link.

On the Suffolk Stour improvements are proposed for use of the river by un-powered craft, and in addition proposals are also being developed to extended the use of electrically powered craft on the river.

How we consult with our users

to follow

How we are structured

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Navigation statistics

The Medway Navigation

WATERWAY

LENGTH/AREA

NUMBER OF LOCKS

River Great Ouse System

140 miles

23

Suffolk River Stour

24.4 miles

15 (mostly derelict)

River Nene

62.5 miles

37

Ancholme

17 miles

1 sluice, 1 lock

River Welland

35 miles

1

The Glen

11.5 miles

Tidal sluice

River Great Ouse System

Waterway

Length

Beam

Draught

Headroom

Bedford to Earith

26 m (85ft 4ins)

3.1m (10ft 4ins)

1m (3ft 3ins)

2.5m (8ft 1ins)

Earith to Denver Sluice

Unlimited

Unlimited

0.6m (2ft) Tidal

2.3m(7ft 10ins)(min

River Lark

26m

4.5m

1m

2.95m

River Wissey

26m

4.5m

1.2m

2.9m

Little Ouse River

26m (15m u/s Brandon)

4m (3.5 u/s Brandon)

1.2m

3m

Relief Channel Lock/Navigation

35m

4.5m

2m

3m

Suffolk River Stour

Ballington Bridge Sudbury to Henny Mill

Mechanically propelled boats

Henny to Flatford

Only small unpowered craft that can be portaged around locks and mills

Nene

Waterway

Length

Beam

Draught

Headroom

Northampton to Peterborough

23.7m (78ft)

3.9m (13ft)

1.2m (4ft)

2.1m (7ft)

Ancholme

Waterway

Length

Beam

Draught

Headroom

South Ferriby Lock

20.7m (68ft)

5.8m (19ft)

3m (10ft )

Unlimited

South Ferriby Lock to Harlam Hill Lock

12.2m (40ft)

3.6m (12ft)

2m (6ft 6ins)

4.6m (15ft )

River Welland

Waterway

Length

Beam

Draught

Headroom

Wash to Fulney Lock, Spalding

33.5m (110ft)

9.1m (30ft)

2.4m (8ft at HW)

2.4m (7ft 8ins MHSW)
4.2m (13ft 9ins MHWN)

Fulney Lock at Normal Summer Levels

19m (62ft 4ins)

8.5m (27ft 10ins)

10.8m (2ft 7ins)

Unlimited

Spalding to Folly River Outfall

10.6m (35ft)

8.5m (27ft 10ins)

0.8m (2ft 7ins)

1.6m (5ft 3ins)

The Glen

Waterway

Length

Beam

Draught

Headroom

Surfleet sluice, River Welland to Tongue End

Unlimited

4.4m (14ft 6ins)

0.7m (2ft 6ins)

1.9m (6ft 1in)

Boating statistics

12 month period – April 2007-March 2008 - Licences/Registrations

Boat Type

Long-Term

Short-Term

Powered

Unpowered

Powered

Unpowered

Privately owned

4055

853

-

-

Hire – day boats

40

-

-

-

Hire – overnight stay/timeshare

-

-

-

-

Hire – trip boat/ restaurant/passenger

0

-

-

-

Hire – hotel

-

-

-

-

Other business/charity boats

-

-

-

-

Requirements for boating

Boat Safety Scheme

Yes

Third Party Insurance

Yes