We are encouraging people living in Aylesbury who can’t resist jumping in puddles to pull on a pair of wellies and head out onto the Grand Union Canal for one final splash before work begins to resurface the towpath.
We are working in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council to resurface three miles of towpath along the Grand Union Canal so people can visit the canal whatever the weather.
Whilst on site we will also improve the access steps from Park Street to the canal and installing a ramp so bikes can be wheeled up and down the steps rather than having to be carried.
We're able to carry out this work after Buckinghamshire County Council secured the £936,000 needed to carry out the improvements from approved developments around the East of Aylesbury.
Starting in early summer, phase one of the work will see major improvements along the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal between Highbridge Road to Osier Bed Lock, near Victoria Park. Two future phases will see the towpath improved up to the Arla Dairy site on College Road, Aston Clinton. Once finished, the newly improved all-weather surface towpath will create better access and provide traffic free routes for walkers, cyclists, people with buggies and boaters visiting the canal.
James Clifton, our enterprise manager, said: "This is a very popular stretch of canal with local people using it to access the town centre shops and commute to work. The Canal & River Trust is delighted to be able to do this work as it will make a big difference to the local community and, hopefully, encourage more people to get out and enjoy some fresh air."
Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Mark Shaw, said: "We’re really pleased to be working with the Trust on investing in this improvement, which I’m sure will be welcomed not only by regular walkers and cyclists, but also, I hope, encourage more residents to use it for leisure and for getting to work."
During the works the towpath will be closed, with local diversion routes in place.