A £1.6 million package to boost freight traffic on canals has been announced.
The funding, from British Waterways and Transport for London, is part of an initiative to revive commercial traffic on west London's canals.
Both organisations want to see canals used more as an environmentally-sustainable and congestion-busting alternative to road haulage.
The money will fund work which includes: n A new canal turning point (or "winding hole") at Stockley Park near West Drayton, west London n A new canal wharf at Willesden Junction, north west London, to serve a planned recycling centre
* Dredging bridge holes and problem areas to accommodate freight barges and improve the canal infrastructure
* A major study on the freight potential of west London's canal network
* The number of buses and bikes on the road fell sharply in the first part of this year. Bus and bike traffic fell 12 per cent in the first three months of 2005 compared with January-March 2004.