£1.5m funding for further towpath improvements

CYCLISTS and pedestrians using the Bridgewater Canal towpath are to benefit from a £1.5 million funding boost.

Trafford Council and Transport for Greater Manchester made a successful bid for funding to deliver the next three phases of the Bridgewater Way.

The grant, from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will pay for upgrades to another five miles of the Trafford towpath and a number of improvements to access points and routes to the canal over the next couple of years.

This will include sections between Brooklands and Broadheath, through Trafford Park and to Manchester United.

This will build on the recent work by Trafford Council, Peel and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, which has put in place a major upgrade to around three miles of the canal tow path between Sale and Stretford.

Executive councillor Alan Mitchell said: "The Bridgewater Way is a fantastic resource for local people. I would encourage everyone to get active - on foot or on their bikes - and explore this great route for travelling to work, the shops, or the school run, or just to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! I am looking forward to the opportunity to walk and cycle much further on the Bridgewater Way as it expands thanks to the new funding we have secured."

This is all part of a much wider Bridgewater Way project which ultimately hopes to improve the Bridgewater canal tow path along its entire 39 mile length from Runcorn to Manchester and Leigh.

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7:04pm Sat 22 Sep 12

dipperdapper says...

at last now the money is there lets get started asap, if i was asked what id like to see id say some type of seperation from walkers and the runners wherever it can be possible and most important to me is going over the cobbles under the bridges they are lethal when it rains more so to road bikes
at last now the money is there lets get started asap, if i was asked what id like to see id say some type of seperation from walkers and the runners wherever it can be possible and most important to me is going over the cobbles under the bridges they are lethal when it rains more so to road bikes dipperdapper
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3:21pm Sun 23 Sep 12

jlilleker says...

This is good news. Its a bit bumpy between Broadheath and Sale at the moment. The council should signpost a nice route from Broadheath into Alty town centre to encourage visitors.
This is good news. Its a bit bumpy between Broadheath and Sale at the moment. The council should signpost a nice route from Broadheath into Alty town centre to encourage visitors. jlilleker
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