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News article created on 25 February 2015

Ellesmere Port towpath improved

A 1.7 km section of canal towpath through Ellesmere Port is being upgraded into an all-weather hard surface.

Thanks to a £250,000 grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Regional Growth Fund, the towpath along the Shropshire Union Canal from Bewleys Bridge (no 144) to New Stanney Bridge (140A) is being improved in a six week project.

This project will allow walkers, boaters, cyclists, joggers and anglers greater access to the towpath and a chance to enjoy visiting the beautiful canal, whatever the weather.

A wonderful green corridor

Wendy Capelle, local waterway manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “This stretch of towpath is very popular and we are delighted to receive funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council to allow us to improve the surface for everyone who enjoys visiting the canal.

“The Shropshire Union Canal provides a wonderful green corridor away from the busy urban streets. With the funding the towpath will provide a good quality surface, even after heavy rain which is great news for local residents.”

Sections of the towpath will be closed while the work is carried out and diversion routes will be signed. The Trust is expecting to have the improved towpath open for Easter.