Did You Know?
In 1968, the working life of most canals came to an end… after about 200 years! Anyway, In Section 104 of the 1968 Transport Act, the government decided to divide canals into 3 categories:
Commercial, which means the canals are maintained in a state fit for commercial traffic,
Cruiseway, which means the canals are maintained in a state fit for leisure traffic, and
Remainder, which doesn’t have to be maintained for traffic of any kind.
The Controlled stretch of canal between Liverpool and Aintree is (nearly all) classed as “remainder”.