Starting this week is the new and much anticipated new water taxi service – ‘waxi’ - on Manchester’s Bridgewater Canal.

The services will run between Castlefield in the centre of Manchester to Old Trafford, the Trafford Centre and Sale.

Each journey time is between 30 and 45 minutes and the services are scheduled through the day between 8am and 6pm.

The Waxi service is being pioneered by Manchester Water Taxis who have been granted a licence to operate two boats by the Bridgewater Canal Company.

Weekly, monthly and annual passes are available for the regular computer. Hotel guests and conference delegates may be tempted by the promise of a traffic-free journey across Manchester with a complimentary coffee, free wi-fi and USB charging points on the way.