The UK was the first country in the world to develop a nationwide canal network and its canals played a huge part in The Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century. In fact canals were the primary means of transporting goods across the country during the 18th & 19th century with over 4,100 miles of navigable waterway. However in the early/mid 20th Century as road and rail reliability improved the commercial side of Britain’s canals began to die out.
The canals, not to be defeated found themselves a new end user in the late 20th century in the form of the leisure industry. Whether it be people taking canal boat holidays or walkers & cyclists making use of the towpaths Britain’s canals are bustling again and with over 2,200 miles of navigable waterways still in use there’s plenty of canal to play with!
What’s all this got to do with us here at Floating Pontoon Hire? Well, whether it be repairs to rail bridges or restoration of canal walls we find ourselves spending a lot of time on the canals and waterways of the UK.
Even when its the towpath rather than the canal itself seeing the work we’re able to help. We currently have over 1,000 square metres of pontoon on the canals of North and West London all being utilised as towpath diversions.
Miles upon miles of towpaths are being dug up to house telecommunications cables rendering them unusable to the public. In order to keep the routes accessible we have installed pontoon walkways allowing step free access from towpath onto pontoon and back again. The provision of pontoons ensures that works can continue without disrupting walkers, commuters and cyclists.
All pontoons are provided with edge protection on exposed edges, solar lights to mark them out to users and vessels come dark and lifebuoys in case of emergencies.