The Importance of the `Corridor Concept` to the British Inland Waterways Network

The Importance of the `Corridor Concept` to the British Inland Waterways Network Canals and river navigations are not so much encircling `belts` around settlements but long thin linear corridors that penetrate the urban area sometimes in a radial manner, like those in Birmingham, Manchester and London. These corridors are not static, constraining elements but corridors…

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The Importance of the `Corridor Concept` to the British Inland Waterways Network Canals and river navigations are not so much encircling `belts` around settlements but long thin linear corridors that penetrate the urban area sometimes in a radial manner, like those in Birmingham, Manchester and London. These corridors are not static, constraining elements but corridors of movement and change, often forming significant, pedestrian and water transport routes between the surrounding countryside and the urban area. In this linear form the waterway environment impacts on many varying land uses from traditional industrial heartlands to new high-tech science park developments, shopping centres, retail and housing areas as well as sites of leisure and recreational activity. The common theme throughout such corridor studies is, of course, the water itself, which can add a unique value to any adjoining land use and activity.

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