A £2.9m scheme to boost cycling and walking routes on four West Yorkshire canals sees the official re-opening of an improved towpath on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
The 2.1km section between Huddersfield and Milnsbridge has been resurfaced as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s £60m CityConnect programme, which works in partnership with a range of organisations to encourage more people to cycle and walk.
Sean McGinley, Regional Director Yorkshire at Canal & River Trust, said: “Our research shows that spending time by water can make people feel happier and healthier, so whether you’re exercising the dog, cycling to work or simply enjoying a weekend stroll with the family, doing it along the towpath can be a great boost.
“We hope the upgraded towpath will encourage more people to get out and about by the Huddersfield Narrow Canal this winter and beyond.”
Cllr Kim Groves, Leeds City Council, said: “We’re delighted to have worked in partnership with Kirklees Council and Canal & River Trust to provide people travelling by bike or on foot with a safe, scenic traffic-free route all year round.
“As well as providing missing links in local cycling and walking infrastructure, these improvements – alongside other schemes across the region – are helping open up access to some of our best countryside.
“Through our CityConnect programme, the Combined Authority is working in partnership to connect people to employment and opportunities, and encourage more of us to travel in a way which benefits our health, the environment and our economy.”
The schemes are funded by the Department of Transport (DfT) and delivered by the Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme in partnership with the Canal & River Trust and local authority partners.
Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Council, said: “As we look to make our towns more environmentally friendly, it is encouraging to see new sustainable routes opened up for cyclists and walkers in Huddersfield.
Having integrated transport solutions will also help to improve connectivity between Kirklees towns and support our economy further.”