From time to time the decisions we make can change the way you use the canal and river network. Where this happens we always try to get your input. Where it's a complex decision or has national interest, we will carry out a formal consultation. They don't happen all the time but if there are any underway you'll find them below.
Leeds - Bradford towpath improvements
Following the summer announcement that West Yorkshire Metro have secured £18.1m for a large scale project from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Grant fund, we will be embarking on a series of towpath and access enhancements as part of this wider scheme
The primary objective of the scheme is to create a safe, sustainable transport corridor for walkers and cyclists between the main conurbations of Leeds & Bradford, but there are many smaller elements of the project, one of which is the upgrading of the canal towpath and accesses between Shipley (Bradford) and Kirkstall (Leeds).
Exact boundaries of the scheme are Br. 207D Gallows Footbridge (Shipley) – Br.221a Kirkstall New Road Bridge (Kirkstall).
Total investment for the canal corridor, which is designated National Cycle Network Route (NCN66) is expected to be c£1.6m. The full programme has a delivery deadline of September 2015, but project partners WY Metro have asked for completion of the towpath works by 30th June 2014 in time for the Tour de France commencing in Yorkshire on 5 July 2014 in order to provide an alternative route into to Leeds for those who may wish to see the cycling event. With this in mind, we wish to start work on site in early 2014.
The funding is a fantastic opportunity for the Canal & River Trust as currently there are no plans to undertake any towpath improvements along this stretch of waterway in the foreseeable future so this represents an investment. The works will deliver;
16km of towpath improvements, which will ensure the towpath can be used on a year round basis in most weathers
- Towpath widening, with an optimum width of 2m where possible
- The retention of 500mm grass verge either side of the towpath
- Improved accesses and Disabled Discrimination Act compliant barriers where appropriate
- Towpath stabilisation works (where required)
- Improved signage and waymarking
The canal towpath is a facility for all of the public, and is a multi-user route for walkers, cyclists, and anglers. As part of the development of the project, we will be seeking comments and suggestions to ensure that all of our user groups have the opportunity to be involved with the final design.
Our first consultation event will be held at Shipley Library on Friday 13 December 2013 between 1030 – 1900.
A further event will be held in the Leeds on Wednesday 18 December at Leeds Civic Hall between 6-8pm.
Staff from the Trust and partner organisations will be on hand to present the outline scheme and also to talk through any comments or concerns
Suggestions or comments, can be sent to our contact email address which is email@example.com
Alternatively, our postal address is;
Canal & River Trust
All comments must be received by Friday 17 January 2014
Council elections consultation
A review of the 2012 Council elections is now underway to identify any changes that could strengthen the planning and running of the elections to the Canal & River Trust's governing Council in 2014 and 2016. A consultation is now open until 14 February 2014, asking for people's views on strengthening the electoral processes.
Submissions can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by 14 February 2014
Prince Albert Road Ramp project
London’s greatest park, the historic canals and rivers, provide a cherished haven for people and wildlife. Canal towpaths are free for everyone to use and provide a welcome relief from busy city streets. We’d like your feedback on proposed improvements to the Prince Albert Road towpath access ramp opposite St Mark’s Square in Camden.
The ramp is currently in a poor state of repair and has a very steep gradient making it difficult for people to access or leave the towpath here, particularly for those with mobility aids, a disability or a bicycle.
The towpath east of this point becomes very narrow and busy and this ramp provides the last opportunity for cyclists to exit the towpath and join road routes to avoid the heavily congested Camden Town area of the canal.
The existing ramp is approximately 2.0m wide. The overall rise of the ramp is 4.0m and the overall length is 40m, of which 36m is inclined. The average gradient is 1:9 and there are no intermediate landings.
Planning permission is not required for this project.
The project is funded by Transport for London’s Greenways programme (2013/14) and we are working with The Royal Parks who own the land and the leaseholder, ZSL London Zoo.
We invited people to provide feedback on the concept drawings however the deadline to complete the survey has now passed.
There will be a further opportunity to provide comment on the draft final design between the end of October and mid- November, exact dates to be confirmed. The draft final design will provide more detailed information about materials and landscaping.
The final design will need to be approved by The Royal Parks and ZSL London Zoo.
Work will begin on site in early 2014 and will be completed by end of March 2014.
A feasibility study was carried out in 2012 to assess four options including a ‘do nothing’ option. Based on the recommendations in the study, we intend to build a 68m long 3m wide ramp with intermediate landings at an average gradient of 1:14. You can see the full report here.
We have produced these conceptual visualisations to give people a sense of what the improved ramp will look like. The full view visualisation does not show trees to enable you to see what the top of the ramp will look like. Trees will be planted on site.
To achieve improved accessibility, the project will involve the loss of mature trees on site. We are keen to protect wildlife and nature wherever possible and we have been working with The Royal Parks to mitigate the loss of these mature trees. We commissioned a Tree Survey to assess the quality and longevity of the trees and you can see the survey results here.
We will be re-planting mature trees once the project has been completed and intend to enhance the natural environment by introducing sparrow nesting boxes at the base of the ramp and planting native small trees and shrubs on the embankment.
We propose to plant fruit trees that produce berries which are good for birdlife. We have also been advised to plant holly at the top of the ramp in between the highway and the retaining wall, as it is a sturdy and durable plant that can thrive in this type of environment.
We appreciate you taking the time to give us your views on this project.
If you would like to contact Canal & River Trust for more information about the project please contact:
Project Manager: Colin.email@example.com
Strategic Cycle Routes Coordinator: Rosie.Tharp@canalrivertrust.org.uk