11 June 2024

In support of Fund Britain’s Waterways (FBW), IWA asked boaters for their views on the state of the inland waterways network and how it impacted on their cruising in 2023. The boaters’ survey was intended both to provide a snapshot of current conditions and as a benchmark to enable the identification of future deterioration if funding continues to be inadequate. As with FBW, it covered all navigations in Britain, and it gathered crucial insight into various aspects such as condition of locks, depth of water, ease of mooring and provision of services.

726 boaters responded anonymously during March and painted a picture of declining condition since their previous cruises and in the long term over the total period that they had been boating. This really does back up FBW’s argument that our waterways are already deteriorating and action is needed urgently.

You can read the IWA press release about the results of the boaters’ survey here and a summary of the results here.