One of London’s muddiest stretches of towpath has had a major make over thanks to over a quarter of a million pounds of funding from Transport for London’s (TfL) Cycling on Greenways Programme.
We've transformed almost 1.2km of the Grand Union Canal’s towpath through Southall as part of our commitment to deliver ‘Better Towpaths for Everyone’.
The work involved rebuilding and improving the towpath surface and canal edges between Spikes Bridge and Beaconsfield Road. It continues the work we carried out in Ealing and Hillingdon over the last year, with funding from TfL and the boroughs.
This work has made a further stretch of the canal towpath network a safer, convenient and welcoming environment for walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. We hope that the investment will encourage more local residents and others from further afield to use and appreciate this and other sections of London’s wonderful waterways.
Jon Guest, London waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “We have turned what had been a muddy and inaccessible towpath into a real local gem for Southall, and a space that local residents and families can enjoy and feel proud of. The canal in this area has suffered neglect in the past. The more we can encourage people to use, value and care for it, the more they will get out of it.”
Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “The canal is a beautiful and tranquil part of the borough that’s well worth exploring. It’s fantastic that it’s been made more accessible, attractive and easier to use especially for people in wheelchairs, those pushing buggies or cycling.”