An online booking system will open next week that will enable boaters to reserve a mooring on London's waterways ahead of the Olympics

In response to a strong demand for moorings British Waterways will launch an online booking system next week for boaters to reserve mooring space in the capital for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

BW also confirmed that there would be a controlled zone in the run up to and during the Olympics that would affect around 15 miles of London’s waterways.

A spokesperson from BW said, “All boats that have a home mooring within the ‘controlled zone’ will be largely unaffected. Visiting boats, however, will only be able to enter with a confirmed booking of a visitor mooring (with BW, another operator or individual).”

BW did admit though that the controlled zone would affect existing mooring rules, which “may be modified to help minimise the impact of these restrictions on local boaters.”

Visitor moorings will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis and will vary in price, depending on location. All details will be revealed when booking opens on 19 April.