Since the prospect of restoring the link to Basingstoke is somewhat improbable and arguably not particularly useful, it has been suggested that it could be better to resurrect the idea of a link to the Kennet & Avon Canal. This was first suggested in the 1820s.
It is just over 12 miles as the crow flies from North Warnborough to the arc of the Kennet between Aldermaston and Reading, so it would require something like 16 to 18 miles of new canal. Whilst this is clearly more than would be required to get to Basingstoke, the idea of creating a through route direct to the canal system and with it a Surrey, Hants and Berks ring would be much more likely to catch people's imagination.
Initially it would need a preliminary study. Such a new link may possibly only be a 'pipe dream', but it is a more interesting one than just going to Basingstoke.
More information on this interesting project will appear here,
after necessary approaches and consultations have been made.
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