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
The Middle Level Commissioners, as part of their plans to improve navigation have, over the last month or so, been informally collecting the views of navigators on what they would most like to see us deliver over the next year or so. This has done been through gathering information from the many conversations the new Navigation Officer has had with vessel owners. One request that has come through strongly is the provision of simple rural mooring sites where boaters can stop for a while during the day or overnight. These would be short lengths of watercourse where the grass and reed is managed to allow boats to moor, posts for mooring to be installed and signs erected to draw attention to their existence. The mooring period would be short term (24 hrs) and would not have any other features added. We would welcome your suggestions on where you would like to see them so please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. Obviously we do already have some ideas from the conversations held on ideal sites and are currently gearing up to deliver some of these this autumn – so watch this space.
Marmont Priory Lock, (Well Creek Side) Mooring Refurbishment
The Commissioners have commenced their Winter Works programme for the 2020/21 winter season with the total refurbishment of the navigators mooring (Well Creek side) at Marmont Priory Lock. The works included a ‘strip down’ and replacement of the old wooden sub-structure, bearers and front rubbing board. Below is a picture of the completed mooring.
The Sanitation Point at March Town Bridge is maintained and remains the responsibility of Fenland District Council (Tel: 01354 654321).
The facilities available to navigators on a no charge basis include:
- Drinking Water
- Boat Hold Refuse Disposal
- Chemical Toilet Disposal
- Tank Wash Out
Pump Out facilities are also available at the service block at a cost of £12.50. Tokens for the Service Block can now be purchased from March Town Library and Fenland District Council’s Offices in County Road. 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.