The second section of canal-side towpath – from the Grosvenor Bridge incline to the entrance to the Sydney Gardens tunnel – will close on May 11th for up to three months.
Notices to that effect have gone up along the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath today. It’s the continuation of a scheme to improve the whole length of towpath into the city – to benefit pedestrians and cyclists.
A base layer of tarmac has now been applied to the length of path between the George Inn at Bathampton and Candy’s bridge.
Now – after the May Day bank holiday – it will be time to tackle the rest of the route – including a new surface for the incline up to the canal.
It’s hoped to re-open the whole length of towpath into Bath in mid-July. Once the tarmac has been done on the second stretch – the whole length will be given a top coating of stone chippings.
I am hearing there may some money remaining in the budget – after costing this job – to improve the step route up to the canal towpath – from Grosvenor Bridge – and apply some sort of stone chipping surface to the small path that branches off from the incline towards the footbridge over the railway.
This will certainly benefit the Cleveland Pools Trust in improving one pedestrian access way towards their site.