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Towpath improvements enter next phase

Published on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

THE next stage of a major project to revamp a 3km stretch of canal towpath in Leicester is now underway.

National waterways charity the Canal & River Trust is carrying out works to resurface and widen footpaths along the Grand Central Canal, and help improve access to this part of the city’s riverside.

The towpath is being widened up to two metres and surfaced in a durable tarmac and stone-chip finish to give the appearance of a gravel path.

During the works, which will take around 10 weeks, the stretch of towpath between Belgrave Lock and Holden Street Bridge will be closed to the public. Alternative routes will be clearly signed on site.

The Leicester towpath improvement project is funded with £750,000 of Government money from the Local Growth fund, following a successful bid by the Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Partnership.

The Canal & River Trust is entrusted to care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. This includes an enormous network of bridges, embankments, docks, reservoirs, towpaths and more.

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