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Last Updated: Friday, 30 July, 2004, 08:53 GMT 09:53 UK
Two new canals may boost tourism
Map of Berkshire canals
The Slough Arm build has been recommended as a future project
Two new waterways could be built in Berkshire in a bid to boost tourism and improve town centres.

The Maidenhead Civic Society has put forward a plan to enable boats to cruise York Stream in the town centre. At the moment it only flows in winter.

Meanwhile, British Waterways proposes linking the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal to the Thames at Windsor, in its new report Waterways 2025.

The five mile (8km) canal currently comes to a dead end at Slough.

'Hub of activity'

Jonathan Ludford, from British Waterways, said: "In recent years waterways have been enjoying a renaissance, and 200 miles (320km) have been opened, including the Kennet and Avon Canal.

"This new build would improve options for cruising nationally and have obvious environmental benefits - canals are a haven for wildlife.

"Regeneration of the canal would also bring economic benefits and one of the best examples of this is Brindley Place in Birmingham, where the canal was regenerated in the early 1990s.

"It is now a hub of social activity, with bars, restaurants and shops and visitors."

The Slough Arm project is among 23 that have been recommended from some 200 nationwide by British Waterways.

But it is not currently ranked at the highest priority because of questions over funding and technical issues.

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