Improving your route to school, work or the shops

If you live or work within the West Midlands Waterway region, you'll now be able to enjoy a green, traffic-free route to school, work or the shops!

Bradley Arm towpath Bradley Arm towpath

towpathThe canal towpath improvements are made possible thanks to funding from the Local Growth Fund ‘Managing Short Trips Programme’, which is part regions Growth Deal and is overseen by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

It means we can now start work on the next 11 miles across the Black Country.

Fewer muddy puddles

The work will involve widening the paths, improving drainage and laying an all-weather surface making them ideal for everyone to use and enjoy every day, all year round.

Greener way to travel

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.

The 'Managing short trips programme' is a joint initiative by the Canal & River Trust, West Midlands Combined Authority, with support from the four Black Country local authorities, designed to make it easier for walkers and cyclists to travel using the green canal corridor.

Phase one of the work

The first phases are currently underway:

Further phases

The Birmingham Main Line Canal will see towpaths improved through Dudley Port, Tipton and Coseley. Once finished it'll mean the whole route between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will be available for everyone to enjoy throughout the year.

The final phase

The final stretch is the Tame Valley Canal between Rushall Junction in south Walsall and Friar Park in Wednesbury.

Does your need improving?

If there's a towpath you use regularly - or would do if it were improved -  that isn’t included above, please tell us about it. There may be funding opportunities to help improve more routes in the future.


Thank you for baring with us - of course any work to the towpath will mean that sections of it will be closed for a while - we'll do our best to keep disruption to a minimum and have diversion routes in place.


 Black Country LEPDudley MBCGrowth DealsWalsall CouncilWolverhampton Council

Last date edited: 13 March 2018