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    The Canal & River Trust has appointed North East waterway manager Jon Horsfall as the charity’s interim head of boating.

    Jon will start an immediate handover with Mike Grimes who leaves at Easter.  Working alongside the boating management team, Jon will carry on the excellent progress being made right across the charity’s boating activity and will remain in the post throughout the ongoing review of licensing which is scheduled to last until the autumn. 

    Recruitment for a permanent head of boating will continue in the meantime, with the application date likely to be extended.  

    Jon will continue to oversee the North East waterway, with Tom Wright and Mike Marshall taking a greater role in the management of the waterway whilst Jon is seconded into the boating team.

    Ian Rogers, customer services and operations director at Canal & River Trust, said:  “I’m delighted Jon will be taking on the role.  He has a wealth of experience managing the waterways in the north east.  He’s well versed in working with boaters and understanding their needs and will bring a new perspective to the position, building on the great groundwork that Mike has put in place.”


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    Fran Read, national press officer, Canal & River Trust

    07796 610 427   


    Fran Read

    National Press Officer

    M 07796 610 427

    Canal & River Trust, Toll House, Delamere Terrace, London, W2 6ND

    Twitter: @CRTComms


  2. 6 February 2017


    The Canal & River Trust has awarded the national contract for all mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on its historic canals and rivers to AMCO Ltd. 

    The contract covers almost 1,000 pieces of engineering essential for keeping the waterways flowing, from swing bridges, powered locks, pumps and level monitors spread across the network to unique structures like Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire, Three Mills Lock in London, and the Tees Barrage.

    Simon Bamford, asset delivery director at Canal & River Trust, said: “The canals were the engineering masterpieces of their day and, while some of the technology has changed over the years, they still require a dedicated team of engineers to look after them.  We’re delighted with the way in which AMCO has understood and reflected our values and we look forward to working with them.  The contract will play a major part in what the Trust is trying to achieve: ensuring that our waterways are kept open and running smoothly and improving customer service." 

    The Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Control and Automation Contract (MEICA for short) will cover maintenance, renewal, upgrades and repairs.  It will replace the M&E maintenance and Water & Automation contracts which are currently held by three separate suppliers.  By merging the three current contracts the Trust will benefit from major advantages in terms of improved efficiency and customer service.

    The contract will be for a period of seven years and will start on 1 April 2017 when the existing contracts expire: the intervening period will be used to plan works for next year. 

    AMCO managing director Steve Stiff, commented: “We are extremely proud to have secured the national MEICA contract.  The Canal & River Trust has been a client we have always wanted to work with.  We look forward to establishing a new contract relationship with the Trust and delivering what we believe will be great customer service as well as efficiencies.”