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- 2012 games is the push behind revamp of Lea Valley
SOME of London's forgotten waterways are to be reborn as vital trade routes in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Rivers, canals and streams of the Lea Valley were once vital links in London's business life, but often fell into disuse as rival methods of transportation, like trains and lorries, took over.
But river transport is considered environmentally friendly and the Lea Valley area is now to be given a UKP19 million hand out to upgrade its waterways.
"The restoration of the neglected waterways of the Lea Valley will be vital to achieving our commitment to make London 2012 environmentally sustainable," said Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.
The scheme's publicity material says hundreds of lorry journeys a week will be saved as building work for the Olympics picks up. Work is set to start next month and is due to finish in just over a year.
Alongside the restoration for trade reasons, the new-look waterways will also be available for water-sports and leisure boat trips.
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