As a result of the many representations made, particularly by IWA and St Pancras Cruising Club, British Waterways has announced that it has reached agreement with the security services that Commercial Road Lock will be open for booked traffic for two hours each day during the Olympics period.
The opening hours will be flexible to allow for boats who wish to transit through the Olympic Control zone or out onto the Thames to make the passage in the shortest possible time.
British Waterways expects to announce the arrangements for booking passage through London during the Olympics period by Easter.
Paul Strudwick, IWA London Region Chairman said “This is great news for all boaters who use the waterways in London. IWA and St Pancras Cruising Club have vigorously campaigned to achieve the opening of this Lock during the Olympics. It will allow boaters wishing to travel to and from the River Lee safely without being forced to use the tidal River Thames”.
IWA has offered to assist in operating the lock. Anyone interested in volunteering to help out should contact Paul Strudwick, IWA London Region Chairman, in the first instance. Paul.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07885 240291