News article created on 11 July 2019

New towpath for River Lee in Clapton

A half-mile stretch of towpath along the River Lee in Clapton has been given a makeover to provide a better surface for the thousands of people who use it each year.

River Lee Navigation

The project has been a partnership between euNetworks, a UK and European bandwidth infrastructure provider. euNetworks completed the improvements as part of their work to install fibre optic cables under the towpath from Dobb’s Weir to Stratford.

The newly widened surface runs from the Lea Rowing Club to Markfield Park and has ridden the towpath of potholes and reduced the risk of puddles forming. The towpath is used every day by boaters, runners and cyclists, as well as teams from the nearby Lea Valley Rowing Club.

Ros Daniels, Canal & River Trust regional director, said: “We’re delighted that the towpath has been resurfaced. It makes a much better route for everyone who uses it. We were really pleased to work with the local community to ensure the work took place, and a big thanks to euNetworks who really got onboard with what was needed and adapted their plans to make these vital improvements.

“The River Lee is a beautiful location. It’s a home to people and wildlife and just a wonderful place to escape the busy streets. We know from other locations that whenever we’re able to make improvements then it can really benefit people who use the towpath and water. We hope this is the case with this project and would certainly recommend a trip down to the water to anyone who has not yet tried it.”

Gary Jordan, Chief Operations Officer from euNetworks, said: “The infrastructure we install is important to the digital economy. When we undertake these development projects we strive to work closely with the community to also deliver direct improvements. The Canal & River Trust were key in making this project a success, and they do fantastic work maintaining the canal ways for all to enjoy.”