The Trent Navigation Alliance Has Been Formed

The Trent Navigation Alliance (TNA) which is a has been formed between the following parties:

• TrentLink.

• Inland Waterways Association (IWA).

• East Midlands Region River Trent Visitor Moorings Group.

• The Boating Association (TBA).

• Leicester Trader.

• Heritage Boat Charity.

More news to follow on the TNA’s goals and outlook for improving life on and by the water.

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BSS Consultation on the review of the Examination Checking Procedures ECP 2022

If you have interest in the current consultation on Boat Safety Scheme
Examination procedures you can follow the link below to the Boat Safety Scheme Website:

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East Midlands Boater Conference 2022

Join us for the East Midlands Boater Conference on Tuesday 5th April 2022,

11:30am to 4:30pm, at Northampton University. An opportunity to discuss our

regions canals, rivers and tow paths as we come together to share ideas,

experiences and suggestions. This will be a FREE event.


The day will include:

  • A buffet lunch on arrival and time to network with Canal and River Trust staff and fellow boaters. If you have any special dietary needs please
  • Presentations from experienced colleagues from the local team who will share future plans for the Trust nationally and in and around our region.
  • Discussion time on subjects put forward by you, in smaller break out tables to give everyone a chance to share.
  • Open Q+A time on topics not covered during previous discussions.
  • Refreshments and breaks throughout.



We look forward to receiving your questions and ideas, which we encourage you to submit via email before the event, to: We aspire to have everyone working together to improve the services the Canal and River Trust offers and promote and encourage diversity and inclusion for all, within our network.


COVID-19 Compliance 2022

  1.   If you or a person in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 please do not attend the event.
  2.   Please do a lateral flow test before attending.
  3.   Please be considerate of current Covid-19 Guidelines
  4.   Hand sanitiser, face masks and 2 metre distance are a personal choice and should be respected for others.

We aim to make the event as safe as possible under the current circumstances.


By Train – The train station is a 20 minute walk away, a distance of just under one mile. There is a bus service a ten minute walk from the train station to the university, which runs every 30 minutes.

By Car – There is on site visitor car parking at the university but this is subject to availability on the day. You may reserve a parking space online via the link below and select the Car Park Booking icon: Northampton University – Reserved Car Parking.

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Boat Safety Scheme Officers Report

During 2021 the scheme Technical Committee carried out a full review of the Examiners Check Procedures.

Whilst there are several hundred changes, other than one new requirements for certain Wilderness boats and one check re-aligned with an equivalent requirement from the 2002 BS requirements, both to be consulted upon, there are no increased BSS Requirements affecting boat owners. There are several slight relaxations of requirements, or additional means of compliance. There are however a considerable number of significant editorial changes, It is believed the added clarity concerning the application of the Checks would add consistency, where previously there may have been inconsistency.

Boaters should note however there may be an adverse effect at their next examination, The BSS Office view is that improved consistency in the application of the published Checks is the key aim of the revision and we accept that this potentially could lead to a situation whereby an item fails at the next BSS Examination that should not have passed at the previous one. Conversely, it could well address the errant practice of any Examiner who may be over-applying the published BSS Requirements, perhaps due to a perceived lack of clarity.

The latest version of BSS Examination Checking Procedures (For private boats) can be found by following this link:

Please copy the link and paste in to your browser.

Ray Rogers


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Navigation and Towpath Restrictions on Aire + Calder Main Line & New Junction Canal

At the intersection of Lock 13, Pollington Lock to New Bridge on Aire & Calder Navigation Main Line along with the Went End Aqueduct to Went End Aqueduct on New Junction Canal there are currently Navigation and Towpath Restrictions in place until further notice. These have been brought into place as lengths of the bank above and below the breach site at New
Bridge have suffered extensive damage due to the bank breaching in November. Repairs are
scheduled to take place during 2022 on going into 2023. 

Advice for Boaters

No mooring or overnight staying in the section from:

200m west of New Bridge (Grid Reference SE67608 20410) to
Went Aqueduct (SE 65002 18441) and Pollington Lock (SE 61644 19194)

Some of the above areas listed may have underwater obstructions present in these sections, but these have recently been marked with yellow/orange buoys. Please reduce your crafts speed through the breach site to minimise further bank damage. When navigating keep to the centre line where possible. When passing other craft keep a minimum of 4m from the bank edge where possible. Do not navigate between the marker buoys and the bank edge – keep out of these areas.

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