BenefitsThe completion of this Link along with the Heritage Park, which is to be created along the route, will be a major tourist attraction drawing visitors to the region. The entire area will gain from the economic benefits the new navigation will bring.
Preston Riversway and MarinaThis area is, at present, grossly under utilised as far as boating is concerned.
On the completion of the Link this area is likely to become a major attraction as part of the inland waterways network.
AnglingThe Trust proposes to work closely with the local angling societies, promoting the navigation as a new coarse fishing area similar to the existing facility on the Lancaster Canal.
The National Rivers Authority are stocking the Savick Brook with fresh water fish and following the widening of the waterway and the incorporation of water oxygenating weirs it is envisaged that the fish will thrive and that angling will generate additional income for the Trust.
DisabledAll new walkways, bridges and facilities are designed for full access by the disabled.
RamblingThe Trust will create a linear footpath/cycleway along the navigation which will open up a new nine mile circular route connecting the Lancaster Canal, Haslam Park, the proposed sports complex, Lea Gate, Lea Marsh and Preston Marina for those who partake in this enjoyable pastime.
CyclingThe cycleway from Haslam Park will connect to the existing Fylde Coast Cycle Route along Blackpool Road.
ConservationThe Trust aims to work together with conservation groups to ensure that the wild life in the area is not disturbed. It is proposed to form a new habitat for wild life on the route along with promoting the wild life on the Lea marsh.
BoatingMost boats capable of canal travel, from cruisers to narrow boats will be able to use the new navigation. Those boats capable of going to sea will be able to enjoy a circular route via the Irish Sea and Glasson Dock.
Send questions and comments to RLT@aaug.net
Last Revised: Sun 4th June 2000
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