Canal boat passenger feasibility study

Canal Boat Feasibility StudyClient: Blaby District Council
Planning Solutions Consulting were commissioned to explore the potential to introduce a canal boat passenger or water taxi service on the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Line) to add to the critical mass of tourism facilities and to provide an alternative transport option for local residents. Our work focussed on carrying out a demand analysis, an assessment of target markets and projecting passenger numbers. Consideration was also given to trip frequency and any issues of seasonality. Potential business partners and attractions along the canal which could benefit and be points to stop at or pick up from were also identified. An assessment of the operating models (commercial, Council, community, charity) was carried out. As part of the work, extensive consultation was carried out with a range of stakeholders. Options for departure / arrival points and moorings for the craft we also identified. Drawing the above research together, a trading profile was prepared which broke down revenue cost and income projections to fully understand the viability of this project.

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If you are carrying out a feasibility study or market assessment or development study for a canal or river related project please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Linington – 07866 742628 or