News article created on 18 October 2012

Towpath improvements on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal

We've just started a seven-week project to improve a stretch of towpath on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in West Lancashire.

The improvement works, which will involve resurfacing just under a mile long section of towpath, will create a new pushchair and wheelchair friendly walkway between New Lane Swing Bridge (Bridge 31) and the long term moorings close to Burscough Wharf.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal project has involved working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Sefton District Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, and the Lancashire Environmental Fund. The improvement supports the VISIT Project, which aims to increase and develop sustainable transport in Southport and West Lancashire.

Traffic-free route

Stephen Higham, 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 it has suffered from wear and tear and now needs to be resurfaced. The new towpath will mean that visitors to the waterway can enjoy a traffic free route into Burscough village centre and have easy access to the waterways.”

Dominic Rigby, from Lancashire County Council, adds: “The canal in this area is popular for both residents and visitors alike, and is often used as an alternative route into town, but it can be quite muddy and wet in places. 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.”