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August 6, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Olympics breathes new life into London waterways

A former industrial wasteland, the area in and around the Olympic park in East London is criss-crossed by a network of canals, rivers and waterways. Many were cleaned up during the creation of the park, and several of them have become attractive settings for fashionable bars, markets and restaurants.


The Waterways of east London helped to unlock a low-carbon route to the London Olympics site. The new lock and restored waterway at Bromley-by-Bow in east London have helped to reduce lorry freight and offer greener transport to the Games.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “The revitalisation of this network of canals after decades of decline heralds a new age of water transport in the capital. By shifting noisy, dusty and heavily polluting freight vehicles from busy roads onto water, we can free up traffic and drastically improve the quality of our environment. The vital investment in the new Three Mills Lock at Bromley-by-Bow, a restored stretch of waterway which links to the Olympic Park site in east London means a steady flow of boats will carry a substantial proportion of the materials needed to create the Olympic Park that would otherwise have travelled by road, sealing a legacy beyond the duration of the Games themselves.


Read more: Olympic Waterways, Stratford, London.


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