City bosses have approved the first stage of a proposal by the Polish company KanałWODNY to construct an underground canal system to ease Cambridge’s congestion.
|Punting underground in Cambridge, April 2015|
Discussions were initially stalled by University college concerns about the impact on wine cellars and crypts. Local punting companies are thrilled by the idea. One director revealed “We are in active discussion with local operatic groups to provide “Phantom of the Opera” tours”.
The first canal is likely to be a link between Castle Hill and Addenbrookes, promising to become a major artery for the tourist and shopping attractions in the centre of town. Environmental organisations also praised this innovative initiative to mitigate future flooding. A branch to the Grafton centre is planned in 2020.