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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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The first section of major improvements to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath have been unveiled as we reopened a 1¼ mile section between Kirkstall and Pollards Lane.
Part of the £29 million CityConnect project to create a 14-mile-long green route between East Leeds and the centre of Bradford, CityConnect will make it easier and safer to get around on foot and by bike, giving better access, improving travel options and reducing road congestion.
Work is now continuing on the remainder of the 10 mile towpath between Kirkstall and Shipley which will be opened in stages and is due to be fully completed by early summer.
Canal & River Trust manager Nick Smith said: “This is a fantastic project which will improve links between these two great cities. The new towpath surfacing is an integral part of this work and it’s great to see good progress being made with the first section of the towpath being re-opened.
“Not only will the new towpath surfacing benefit the CityConnect project, but also the everyday user of the towpath including walkers, joggers, anglers and boaters. The canal system is a tranquil haven and these improvements will help make it more accessible to all.”
CityConnect is a partnership between Leeds City Council, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). £18.1 million of the funding comes from the Department of Transport Cycle City Ambition Grant and the remaining £11 million is matched locally though the Local Transport Plan and other funds.
Canal & River Trust brand
19 March 2018
Bookings now open for 2018 Canal Pairs Championship
Breach of the Middlewich Branch, Shropshire Union Canal
16 March 2018
Heritage transport plaque awarded to Froghall Basin on Caldon Canal
15 March 2018
Artists launch ambitious cultural programme in Worcester
12 March 2018
Fradley event gives fascinating insight into our feathered friends
We're calling for boaters to take part in our 'boat owners views survey'
9 March 2018
Take a 'lock' behind the ‘Seends’ of the Kennet & Avon Canal