Inland boaters can show their support for a scheme that promises to rejuvenate the Black Country's waterways for generations to come.

Inland boaters can show their support for a scheme that promises to rejuvenate the Black Country’s waterways for generations to come.

‘A Million People: Black Country as an Urban Park’ (www.blackcountryup.co.uk) is one of four projects that has reached the final of a competition to win £50 million of lottery funding and its bid for the prize will be screened tonight at 11.05pm on ITV.

The People’s £50 Million Lottery Giveaway is organised by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and aims to find a groundbreaking project that will inspire communities to revitalise the areas where they live.

The project in the Black Country plans to open up the region’s waterways and proposes major improvements to the five canals in and around Wolverhampton, the upgrading of several towpaths, including the Rushall Canal and Tame Valley Canal Towpaths and new visitor moorings in Wolverhampton town centre.

In addition vast underground man-made limestone caverns and canals, which are potentially lost forever, will be opened up to create an amazing new experience where visitors will travel by boat and rise to the surface by a funicular train.

Voting opens at 9am tomorrow and closes at Noon on December 10. Go to www.thepeoples50million.org.uk to register your vote online. Telephone numbers will also be announced on the website.