Towpath resurfacing going well!

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Let’s start this sunny Sunday (May 29th) off with some good news.

Kier – the  contractors working for the Canal and River Trust – seem to be making good progress with their resurfacing of the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath from the George Inn at Bathampton through to the first tunnel into Sydney Gardens

The direct route up to the towpath now has tarmac leading up to new steps.

Took my bike over Grosvenor Bridge for a  ‘nose’ and found a much-improved tarmac and stepped route straight up the side of the embankment.

The longer, inclined path has also been tarmacked with stone filled drainage channels running down part of one side. I

t’s going to naturalise very quickly and has not damaged the wild surroundings it passes through.

Looking up the incline and showing the drainage channel.

Up on the canal towpath – which is open this Bank Holiday weekend – contractors have marked out some of the pathway into town but not yet laid tarmac. The material seems to be moved around on a canal barge – which is a great idea.

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The newly-tarmacked pathway leading up to the towpath into Bath.

So the length of towpath from the top of the incline into town has still to be resurfaced. The original completion date – for the whole job – is given as mid-July.

Once all the tarmac is down contractors have to apply a surface chipping coat along the whole 2.2km length from Bathampton into Sydney Gardens.

Part of the towpath into town has edge moulds in place ready for more tarmac to be laid.

They are making good progress.

I have also noticed that the damaged section of the fountain in Laura Place – hit by a passing vehicle – has now be cleaned ready for a stone repair. That is encouraging. I just wish B&NES would let us know it’s being done.

The damaged section has been cleaned out ready for new stone.

Bath Newseum is always happy to promote good news and let people know the Council IS doing something. I have asked the Press Office for a statement but nothing as yet.

A close up of the damaged section which appears to have been prepared for new stone.