The Middle Level, apart from its flood protection role, is also the fourth largest navigation authority in the United Kingdom and is responsible for approximately 100 miles (160 kilometres) of statutory navigation and the operation of six navigation locks.
The Nene-Ouse Navigation Link forms part of the Middle Level Navigation. The Link is at present the only connection between the Great Ouse and the Main Canal Network.
During a normal summer, over 1,000 passages of the Link-Route are made by pleasure craft.
The Commissioners issue Navigation Notes, which provide navigation details for boat owners, who wish to use the system. See Navigation documents for more information.
You can now follow the Middle Level on Twitter via @MLCnavigation
BREAKING NEWS – March Town Centre Pump Out Facilities
The Middle Level Commissioners are very pleased to be able to report that they have been working closely with Fenland District Council (FDC) to identify opportunities to maintain and enhance the navigation experience through March. As part of these ongoing discussions FDC have reaffirmed their commitment to maintain the pump out facilities in the centre of town. These are currently non-operational but this week confirmation has been received that a replacement pump has been ordered, allowing for planned installation and commissioning late summer or early autumn this year.
The MLC are pleased to advise that from the 2021/22 licencing year vessel owners are able to purchase an Anglian Pass from the EA, which when used in conjunction with the Middle Level licence will allow passage onto EA (Anglian) and Conservators of the River Cam waters – see the PDF below:
Link to EA application form – Anglian Pass Online Application Form|Anglianwaterways(visitanglianwaterways.org)
see opposite for Anglian Pass Questions and Answers.
Fenland District Council’s (FDC’s) Sanitation Point
The Sanitation Point at March Town Bridge is maintained and remains the responsibility of Fenland District Council (Tel: 01354 654321).
Due to COVID-19 and the closure of FDC’s customer contact hubs they regret that they are temporarily unable to issue tokens for the pump out facility at the March Sanitation point. There will still be facilities for boats to use the Sluice Room and the Potable Water facilities which are operational as normal. They apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The facilities available to navigators on a no charge basis include:
- Drinking Water
- Boat Hold Refuse Disposal
- Chemical Toilet Disposal
- Tank Wash Out
The Pump Out facilities are currently out of order. Further information can be found on the Council’s web site, by phoning 01354 654321 or on the purple information board at the Service Block.
For practice and match dates for the East Midlands Winter League see the following link Leisure – Middle Level.