14th May, 2021

Towpath given a makeover

Rob George 1st Apr, 2021

COUNTY residents are benefitting from a new towpath alongside a picturesque canal thanks to a much-needed makeover by Highways England.

The towpath runs alongside the Worcestershire and Birmingham Canal near junction 6 of the M5. It is a well-used route for runners and dogwalkers every day.

And they can now put their best foot forward on the new 1.8km towpath – funded through Highways England’s Designated Funds Programme – thanks to the work which has been delivered in partnership with the charity, Canal and River Trust.

Highways England’s route manager Fiona McKenzie said: “We know how popular this route is with walkers and with more people looking to head outdoors for their daily exercise amid lockdown restrictions it’s nice to be able to help by giving a new lease of life.”

Michael Youe, from the Canal and River Trust, said: “Research shows that spending time by the waterways can help us all feel happier and healthier so these improvements will make a very real difference to the lives of local people.

“With this newly resurfaced weather proof towpath local people will be able to use the canal throughout the year without the worry of getting stuck in mud puddles.

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