Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Injured marines command 2012 boats

The Olympic Park under construction as a barge passes by on the River Lea

Royal Marines injured in Afghanistan are to be introduced to new boats they will use to ferry visitors around the London Olympics site next year.

The servicemen will take command of the 28 vessels along east London's waterways during the 2012 Games before the craft are donated to them to set up pleasure cruising enterprises.

Water Chariots, a company run by Peter Coleman, the father of a wounded Marine, has bought the canal boats in advance of the huge demand the Olympics will bring.

They will be navigated around the complex channels of the Bow Back Rivers, which meander around the Stratford area.

This river system has more length than the Norfolk Broads and has been used to transport building materials to the Olympics project.

It is hoped the regeneration of the waterways will attract tourists, visitors and local people to travel around by boat.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has built a lock specifically to help with river travel up to the Olympic Park.

Water Chariots will run services from Limehouse Basin or Tottenham Hale to the Games site, which will take 30 minutes from Limehouse and 50 minutes from Tottenham.

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