Work started this week on the gradual improvement of a length of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath between Bathampton and Sydney Gardens.
Notices have gone up along the towpath – pointing out that this is a job that will not be finished before July 15th.
Funding has been made available for the project via the Department for Transport’s City Cycle Ambition Fund and is being managed in partnership by the Canal and River Trust and Bath and North Somerset Council.
The project – says the public notice – ‘ will see a significant improvement in the towpath surface for the benefit of all users.’
Today (Friday, February 26th, 2016) contractor Paul Ledbury has been brought in by B&NES to clear and enlarge the inclined passageway up to the towpath from Grosvenor Bridge. And from the Canal and River Trust this comment about what’s happening to this passageway:
“As part of the Bath to Bathampton towpath works, we will also be surfacing the link path (approximately 300m in length), which runs from the towpath down to the railway bridge and then connects with the Grosvenor river bridge.
The groundwork for the link path is scheduled to be done during June and will re-open officially in mid-July at the same time as the towpath.’
The canal will remain open during the work taking place alongside – which will see around 50% of the towpath closed with a towpath diversion in place via Candy’s Bridge/Meadow Lane.
Boating customers needing to get to and from their boats will be permitted access throughout the project.
The finished towpath will be a bound surface and will consist of a tarmac base with chippings on top which will be of a colour to closely match the existing surface.
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