All Electric MK Community Boat Commissioned Today – 6th October


Press Release

The MK Community Boat, commissioned today (6th October) by the Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust, will be completely eco-friendly. Based on a 54ft long traditional narrowboat, it will use a ‘state of the art’ all-electric propulsion unit, instead of a traditional diesel engine. This will not only provide a unique experience by gliding almost silently along the canal, but also greatly reduce emissions.

The cruises are scheduled to launch in the spring of 2021, and will operate from Campbell Park marina on the Grand Union Canal, cruising as far north as Cosgrove and south down to Fenny Stratford, providing an enjoyable and relaxing trip, whilst raising awareness of the benefits the proposed waterway park to local communities.

The craft will carry 12 passengers and be fully accessible, with lavatory provision and an access lift for wheelchair users. The service will run from March to December and carry up to 4,000 passengers a year on a wide variety of trips that will offer ‘something for everyone’ – from short Santa cruises and Friday night ‘bubbles and bites’ to relaxing days out in nature and walkers’ one-way hops.

Funding for the boat has come from developers Crest Nicholson, via Milton Keynes Council, the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, Milton Keynes Parks Trust, together with donations from B&MK Trust members and volunteers.

It has been commissioned by the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust who act as advocates for a new Waterway Park linking the Grand Union Canal with the River Great Ouse in Bedford. The proposed Waterway Park will bring enormous benefits for local communities, supporting green recovery and sustainable economic growth.

Jane Hamilton, Chair of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Trust, said:

“We are absolutely delighted be commissioning this new boat on 6th October. It will bring a new and exciting attraction to Milton Keynes. I hope all communities in Milton Keynes will come to Campbell Wharf and take a relaxing trip on the Grand Union Canal, seeing Milton Keynes from the Grand Union Canal. The boat will be accessible to all and in keeping with the ethos of Milton Keynes benefit from innovative all-electric power”.

Ranjit Singh, Director of Philanthropy at Milton Keynes Community Foundation says:

“This is a project that we are really excited to fund here at Milton Keynes Community Foundation, not only will this create an amazing opportunity for people to take part in affordable activities on the community boat but it will also promote community development as well. Inclusivity is really important to us here at MK Community Foundation, so we are thrilled to support this new project that is focusing on being disability-friendly, while also caring for our environment, which is a growing concern as well, not only locally, but nationally”.


For more information:

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote a new 16 mile Waterway Park connecting the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the Great Ouse in Bedford. The Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Its role is one of advocacy for the Waterway Park. Having successfully established an alignment, now protected by policy in three Local Plans, the Trust is currently working with partners to establish a strong business case for the project as part of the infrastructure being planned in Oxford to Cambridge Arc. The Trust works with a range of partners to ensure opportunities to integrate the Waterway into development and deliver local benefits are maximized.

Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Enterprise Limited

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Enterprise Limited run a 50-passenger community Boat John Bunyan which was launched at Priory Marina, Bedford on July 5th 2013, and since that date has carried over 45,000 passengers.  It currently runs over 160 cruises a season: a mixture of public cruises, special cruises such as Jazz, Afternoon Tea & Lunch cruises, Fish & Chip Suppers, and charter cruises for celebrations, family parties, wedding cruises, local organizations, local companies, schools and youth groups.

MK Community Foundation

MK Community Foundation is the leading grant-making charity in Milton Keynes working for and at the heart of Milton Keynes. We connect people and resources to projects and ideas to create positive change in our communities.  Since the MK Community Foundation began in 1986, we have awarded over £20 million worth of support through grants and rent subsidy to our local voluntary sector.

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