The future of the British waterways and in particular the case for the development of water transport for the movement of freight is examined. It is pointed out that whilst modern barges operating on continental canals require less fuel, cost less per tonne-km and have lower labour costs than most other forms of transport, they show no profit. For British waterways to become commercially competitive, considerable government investment in canal renovation and improvement is required as well as the establishment of new water transport systems. A brief review is given of systems developed for transporting a number of barges as a single unit over Sea anD ocean links, in order to provide a form of transhipment with low handling costs. The author concludes that, without sufficient resources, water transport cannot rival rail and road transport, and canals are destined to remain largely underutilized. /TRRL/

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    Architecture and Planning Publications, Limited

    P.O. Box 135, 4 Catherine Street
    London WC2B 5JN,   England 
  • Authors:
    • McKee, W
  • Publication Date: 1974-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 560-563
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: ALEXANDRINE PRESS
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096695
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM