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7,500 recycled tyres create new towpath in Northampton

We have completed an eight-week project to resurface a stretch of towpath along the Grand Union Canal, Northampton Arm between East Hunsbury and Sixfields.

The project involved removing the existing towpath surface and laying a mixture of recycled shredded tyres and gravel, bound with a clear resin, to create a smooth towpath surface for the thousands of people that visit the canal each year.

The work totalled £300,000 and was jointly funded by the Trust, Northamptonshire County Council and the Borough Council.

James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This is the last stretch of canal towpath to be resurfaced in the Borough and I'm really pleased with how good it looks. I hope local people notice the difference when they're enjoying a nice stroll or bike ride. Using recycled tyres has also meant we're doing our bit to protect our local environment and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.”

Last Edited: 23 March 2015

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