To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will publish the assessment made by British Waterways of (a) its waterways network infrastructure and (b) the elements of its waterways network infrastructure not categorised as principal assets; and if he will make a statement.
British Waterways categorises the condition of its principal and most significant non-principal assets using a five-point condition grading system of A (very good) through to E (bad) in order to establish priorities for maintenance work. The latest information available as at
(1) Information provided by British Waterways.
|Grade description (Percentage)|
|A : Very good||B : Good||C : Fair||D : Poor||E : Bad||Assets assessed|
|Significant non-principal assets|
|Bank protection||10.8||33.2||38.4||12.7||4.9||5,220 km (both sides of canal)|
British Waterways take a risk-based approach in using the funding available to maintain the network. They concentrate on those assets in the poorest condition and that have the highest consequence of failure e.g. in terms of safety or the impact on the wider network.