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Towpath improvement work

Managing Shorter Trips

Stourbridge Town Arm Stourbridge Town Arm

A programme of towpath improvements will be taking place within the West Midlands Waterway over the next two years. Thanks to funding from a number of partners we aim to make travel easier for walkers and cyclists by improving facilities and environmental conditions. 

Approximately 17km of towpath will be improved thanks to funding from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, through a Local Growth Fund Programme called Managing Shorter Trips. The programme provides financial support to sustainable transport projects across the Black Country with the following projects taking place from January 2016:

Stourbridge Canal - Wordsley Junction to Leys Junction, Wordsley, Leys Junction to Seven Dwellings, Brierley Hill

Fens Pool Branch - Leys Junction as far as Brockmoor Junction Bridge, Pensnett

Birmingham Main Line Canal - Galton Bridge, Smethwick to Soho Loop, Winson Green, Aldersley Junction and Cannock Road, Wolverhampton, Broad Street and Dixon Street, Wolverhampton

Walsall Canal - Midland Road Bridge to James Bridge Aqueduct, Walsall

Tame Valley Canal - Rushall Junction to Walsall Road Bridge

Birmingham & Fazeley - Hansons Bridge to Broad Balk Bridge

Bradley Arm - Deepfields Junction to Highfields Road Bridge

Managing Short Trips is a £4.2 million package of schemes to boost cycling and walking across the Black Country, funded by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal and is part of the Smart Network, Smarter Choices programme.

It is a joint initiative by West Midlands Combined Authority, the Canal & River Trust and Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils. Managing Short Trips aims to make it easier for walkers and cyclists to travel in the area by improving facilities and environmental conditions. More than half of journeys of less than five miles in our region are made by car, but these are distances that could be quickly and easily made by walking or cycling.

If there is an area of towpath that would benefit from improvement that you use regularly or would be encouraged to use if improvements were made, but isn’t included above, please tell us about it. There may be funding opportunities to help improve more routes in the future.   

 Black Country LEPDudley MBCGrowth DealsWalsall CouncilWolverhampton Council

Last date edited: 9 March 2017