Better towpaths for the Black Country

If you live or work in the Black Country you are now able to enjoy a green, traffic-free route to school and work after we've completed a two-year project to improve 11 miles of towpath along the Birmingham Main Line canal.

Bradley Arm towpath Bradley Arm towpath

We were able to make the improvements thanks to funding from the Local Growth Fund ‘Managing Short Trips 2 Programme’.

The programme was overseen by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and managed by West Midlands Combined Authority in partnership with Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton councils.

Green route from Birmingham to Wolverhampton

A major part of these improvements means we have now created a level pot hole and traffic-free route from Birmingham to Wolverhampton that local people and visitors can use to commute to work and school, enjoy a leisurely stroll or go for a run throughout the year. 

Theis work  ensures that, whatever the time of year, the towpath is a welcoming, accessible place for local people to build some time by water into their daily routines and, in doing so, improve their health and wellbeing

Thanks to a previous project a further 12 miles of the towpath across the Black Country have already been improved along the Wyrley & Essington Canal between Wolverhampton and Wednesfield and Tame Valley Canal between Friar Park and Perry Barr.  Some additional funding from Sandwell Council has improved links to and from the towpath to Tipton Station and Tame Valley Parkway.   

Last date edited: 23 July 2019