Towpath improvements latest.

Plans to improve the condition of the towpath into Bath for pedestrians and cyclists look like taking a while to put into practice.

Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

The Kennet and Avon Canal towpath into Bath

B&NES has obtained grant money to enable the Canal and River Trust to bring in contractors to upgrade the surface of this canalside route – which is getting more and more traffic.

Mud and huge puddles make conditions difficult for anyone trying to use this quick and London-Road-avoiding trip into town.

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Is there room for walkers and cyclists?

It’s hoped a wider and level surface will also help keep cyclists and pedestrians more safely apart.

The Virtual Museum has heard work is due to start at the end of February – beginning of March – but is likely to be a long, drawn out process which will start at the George Inn end at Bathampton and work into the city and Sydney Gardens.

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Looking down the route coming from Grosvenor Bridge and up onto the canal. A new surface but that’s it folks!

The access point to the towpath – from Grosvenor Bridge – is not likely to be tackled until July and – apart from a new surface – no remedial work will be done to overhanging trees.

The issue of leaves and storm-blown twigs and branches will remain. What you call a four-seasons track!

On Twitter today (Friday, Feb 12th 2016)  TimmyCJ tells me:

‘I think they are stopping the upgrade at Sydney Gardens but it’s a disgrace in Widcombe/Bathwick’

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The towpath towards Widcombe.

Timmy has sent me some photographs to emphasise his point!

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The towpath at Widcombe.

 

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