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Improvement work underway for towpath between Skipton to Gargrave

Improvement work underway for towpath between Skipton to Gargrave

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 7:01am 18th August 2019. (Updated at 11:10am 18th August 2019)

Work has begun on project improve almost seven miles of towpath along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, between Skipton to Gargrave, and Bradley to Kildwick.

  • It will cost two million pounds to complete.
  • Seven miles of the towpath will have its accesibility improved.
  • The project is set to be completed by January 2020.

The alterations will take place thanks to the Canal & River Trust securing funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development with further support from Craven District Council and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. 

The project will carry out a series of towpath and waymarking improvements identified in the Access Development Plan, commissioned by Craven District Council and written by Sustrans, to improve accessibility along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in the District. 

These improvements will include resurfacing the towpath and widening the path at key hotspots, including Gargrave and Broughton Road, that will provide better access to and from Skipton railway station and employment sites in the town. 

Sean McGinley, regional director Yorkshire and North East at Canal & River Trust, said:

“We’re delighted to announce that work on this project is now underway to help residents and visitors spend time by water, which our research shows helps to boost our physical health, mental wellbeing and happiness. 

“The canal is a great place to get away from it all, to enjoy an early morning dog walk, a weekend stroll with the family or traffic-free cycle to work and we hope this project will help even more people do just that and discover this year-round visitor destination and traffic-free gateway to the Yorkshire Dales.”

Luke Edwards, project manager at Canal & River Trust, added:

“We expect construction work on the towpath to be completed by mid-January 2020.  We will make every effort to reduce inconvenience and disruption to users as work is being carried out on the towpath and will conduct a rolling schedule of closures, so sections along the seven miles will remain accessible.  Please check our website for up-to-date details on these closed sections.”