Manchester Water Taxis have been given the go ahead to start operating two boats on the Bridgewater Canal in Manchester from this June.

The boats, both 12-seater ‘waxis’, are roughly half the size of a traditional narrow boat.

They will take an hour to travel a four-mile route from the Trafford Centre passing Old Trafford and Hotel Football before terminating at Dukes 92 in Castlefield in central Manchester.

The service is initially being targeted at tourist market although plans to issue season tickets should also attract the regular commuter user.

The waxi will give travellers a unique view of some of Manchester’s most famous landmarks. The boats will offer free wi-fi, refreshments and will be fitted with charge points and televisions.