Student to ship items to Leicester along the Grand Union Canal

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A NEW student is choosing a unique way of transporting her belongings to university in Leicester – sending them up the Grand Union Canal.

Clare Scott, who lives at The Well in Willen, will be studying Speech and Language therapy at De Montfort University, starting on October 1, and as a firm supporter of lowering her carbon footprint she made the decision to transport her belongings this way.

Clare Scott and boat owner Peter Boyce load Clare's belongings onboard.'Clare is using a canal barge as an enviromentally friendly way of moving to Leicester University.

Clare Scott and boat owner Peter Boyce load Clare's belongings onboard.'Clare is using a canal barge as an enviromentally friendly way of moving to Leicester University.

She said: “I have always enjoyed the canal and cycling and when I realised that Leicester is on the Grand Union canal path I thought why can’t I take my things in that way?

“I made a few enquiries and found out about a boat which uses a floating stage – Renfrew – and decided to use it as it is energy efficient, something that is very important to me.”

Renfrew is a working boat that has been converted into a floating stage with seating on board for potential audiences.

The transport of Clare’s items will take around three days and started at 5pm today (Tuesday), and will probably cost more than taking it via the roads. However, it is a cost she is willing to pay.

She said: “I don’t own a car so for me it’s not really an option. It’s a neat idea and if the canals are there then we should be making a lot more use of them. It will take as long as it takes but it will be worth it.

“I will miss the redways of Milton Keynes they are brilliant for people who want to travel around on their bikes but I am taking my bike with me so cycling should still be possible.”