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News article created on 20 February 2013

Towpath improvements for Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted

Next week we'll start work on a six-week project to improve a stretch of towpath on Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted.

The improvement work, which involves resurfacing a 500 metre long section of towpath, will create a new pushchair and wheelchair friendly walkway on the Grand Union Canal in Berkhamsted from Castle Sreet to the Waitrose footbridge.

We're carrying out this £86,000 project in partnership with Hertfordshire Country Council and Berkhamsted Town Council.

Wonderfully historic routes

James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This stretch of towpath is extremely popular with walkers, cyclists and dog walkers but, over the years, has suffered from wear and tear. It is ready for resurfacing, as it can be quite muddy and wet in places, so we are delighted this improvement is going ahead.”

Cllr Ian Reay, from Hertfordshire County Council, said: “The canal in this area is popular for both residents and visitors alike. The improvement to the towpath will make a massive difference and hopefully encourage local people onto the towpath, whether by foot, bicycle, wheelchair or pram.”

Cllr David Collins from Berkhamsted Town council adds: “Local people really value having the canal right on their doorstep and with these improvements I hope more people will use these wonderfully historic routes to get out and enjoy the outdoors.”