A greener journey to the city
A student who is moving to Leicester to study chose a unique way to transport her belongings – on a canal barge.
Clare Scott, who will be studying speech and language therapy, is keen to reduce her carbon footprint so decided to ship her items from Milton Keynes to Leicester along the Grand Union Canal.
She said: "I've always enjoyed the canal 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 inquiries about using a barge and found a boat which is a floating stage and therefore has the space to carry my belongings. It's a more energy efficient way, too – something that's very important to me."
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The boat set off from near Clare's home in Willen and arrived in Leicester four days later.
She said: "I thought it was such a great idea – if the canals are there then we should be making a lot more use of them.
"I'm looking forward to starting my course at De Montfort and exploring new routes along the canal in Leicester."