We know our roadways are getting more and more congested, and more people are seeking alternative forms of transport”, Steven Cadwell.

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The Manchester Evening News reports that on November 7th a water taxi service was launched, connecting Manchester city centre with Sale and Old Trafford along the Bridgewater Canal.

Two Waxi boats – sadly built in Shanghai not Manchester – take passengers from Dukes 92 in Castlefield to the Trafford Centre, morning and evening, Mondays to Fridays –the first water taxi service in operation in Greater Manchester. More boats will be acquired as the business develops.

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Ride on the taxi via this video

Waxi was founded by entrepreneur Steven Cadwell (above) who originally wanted a service that ran from the city centre to MediaCityUK, but had to look at other options due to the construction of the Ordsall Chord which is due to be completed in 2017. Cadwell said:

“It’s something that will appeal to a lot of people who want a different way to travel to work or to football matches. We know our roadways are getting more and more congested, and more people are seeking alternative forms of transport”.

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Freight potential on the larger urban canals – any plans for Birmingham?

Walter Menzies, chair of the Manchester and Pennine Waterway Partnership of the Canal and River Trust which is responsible for 2,000 miles of canals in England and Wales – in Greater Manchester: the Peak Forest, the Macclesfield, the Huddersfield Narrow, the Ashton and the Rochdale writes: “There is talk of big improvements to the freight waterways in the north east – even of a Transpennine canal so that freight can travel from the Humber to the Mersey and then on to the wider world.

“Manchester Ship Canal has the potential to transport increasing numbers of  containers by water, which will reduce road traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions from lorries”.

 

 

 

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