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News article created on 13 April 2015

Work starts to improve Leighton Buzzard towpath

We've started work to resurface and widen part of the Grand Union Canal towpath in Leighton Buzzard to create a smooth pot hole-free walking route into the centre of the town.

The £118,000 project, funded by Bedfordshire Council, involves replacing the old towpath surface and widening it from Bossington Lane to Leighton Lock. Outside Tesco, overgrown grass has already been removed, and the ramp down to the towpath will be covered with an anti-slip coating. The cobbles under the Bridge Street Bridge are also being repaired.

Traffic-free route

James Clifton, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “I’m delighted Central Bedfordshire Council has been able to fund these much needed improvements. This part of the towpath is already well used by walkers, cyclists and boaters, as it provides a safe link to and from the town centre.

“Once the work is finished, local people will have a lovely green way of getting to the shops, or work, or even just as a relaxing traffic-free route to get away from it all.”

The towpath will be closed during the work. A clearly signed diversion route is in place. The work is due to be finished by mid-May 2015.