British Waterways

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British Waterways is a statutory corporation wholly owned by the government of the United Kingdom, serving as the navigation authority in England, Scotland and Wales for the vast majority of the canals as well as a number of rivers and docks.[1] It is sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in England and Wales, and by the Scottish Government in Scotland.[2]

The British Waterways Board was created by the Transport Act 1962 and in 1963 assumed control of the inland waterways assets of the British Transport Commission, itself set up on nationalisation of the railways in 1947.

Half of the United Kingdom population lives within five miles of one of British Waterways' canals or rivers.[3][4] British Waterways manages and cares for 2,200 miles (3,541 km)[5] of canals, rivers, docks, buildings, structures and landscapes. This includes 2555 listed structures,[6] more than 69 Scheduled Ancient Monuments,[6] more than 800 designated areas, as well as more than 100 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). Through its charitable arm The Waterways Trust it maintains a museum of its history within the National Waterways Museum's three sites at Gloucester Docks, Stoke Bruerne and Ellesmere Port.

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