Injured marines to offer canal boat service to 2012 Olympics tourists

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Injured marines to offer canal boat service to 2012 Olympic touristsPA

Royal marines who were injured in Afghanistan have been given the opportunity to ferry tourists to the 2012 Olympics site next year.

The marines will offer the service, called Water Chariots, on 28 canal boats bought by Peter Coleman, the father of a wounded servicemen, and the journey will take visitors through the relatively undiscovered Bow Back Rivers surrounding the Stratford area.

It is hoped the regeneration of the waterways - longer than the Norfolk Broads - will boost tourism, sparking a slew of new waterside restaurants and cafes, and encourage visitors and locals to travel around by boat.

Injured marines to offer canal boat service to 2012 Olympic touristsPA


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

Each 'Water Chariots' carries up to 70 passengers, and 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.

The 2012 Games Canal Boat Service will run every 20 minutes and, when the Olympics has finished, the servicemen, including the likes of Harry Simkins from Falmouth, Rory O'Farrell from Torquay and Scott Ransley from Halifax (pictured) will have the opportunity to continue a 'pleasure cruise' service in the area.

Visit water-chariots.co.uk for more details.