London Olympic Park waterways to re-open for boats

Boat owners visiting London from 10 May onwards will have a new stretch of the inland waterways to explore

The waterways of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome boats once again from 10 May onwards, the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has announced.

Restored as part of preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 6km stretch has been dredged and refurbished, with new river walls and towpaths created at a cost of more than £20m.

The re-opening will be marked by a flotilla that will enter the park this weekend, led by St. Pancras Cruising Club and IWA.

A series of events has been planned for the summer months to celebrate the reclaiming of this previously neglected land.

The waterways in this area were once a key transport network, but fell into a state of disuse after the end of World War Two.

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Construction work will continue after the re-opening event until summer 2015, so boats interested in cruising this section will need to register their interest with the London Legacy Development Corporation in advance.

Due to the dimensions of Three Mills lock, boats with an air draft of more than eight foot will not be admitted, while the maximum width is 16 foot.