About Us

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Trust was established in 1995 to promote the development of a broad waterway which, will link the Grand Union Canal in Milton Keynes to the River Great Ouse in Bedford. Creating Britain's first major waterway in a century providing a cross-country link, that connects east and west opens up the Marston Vale region and, provides amenities and opportunities for communities in the rapidly-developing Milton Keynes South Midlands area.

This will be done through a series of waterway parks, including pathways and green space designed to meet the needs of walkers, cyclists and fisherman, delivered by a Consortium of Local Authorities, Navigation Authorities and Charities, including the Trust. The key role of the Trust is to mobilise public support for the project.

Who we are and what we do

The Trust is a charity and company limited by guarantee, designed to "promote and assist in the provision and maintenance of a new waterway and associated facilities and structures connecting the Grand Union Canal at Milton Keynes to the River Great Ouse at Bedford, for the benefit of local inhabitants and visitors"

The Board of Trustees/Directors has coporate responsibility for the Trust and its operation in line with company and charity law. Key activities of the Board are to:

  • Set long term vision, working closely with partners and the public
  • Set three-year and annual plans and budgets, and review these regularly
  • Maximise partner and volunteer involvement in and contribution to the project
  • Sanction contracts entered into by the Trust and control finances of the Trust
  • Fundraise for, recruit and manage the work of Trust personnel

The Structure

The Consortium

The Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway Consortium was formed in 2010 and B&MK Waterway Trust is one of nine members of the Consortium. The Consortium meets twice per annum. Futher details can be found on the Consortium website.