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News article created on 9 March 2016

Work to begin on Bath towpath upgrade

A £585,000 project to upgrade 2.2km of towpath alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal between Bath and Bathampton starts this month.

Halfpenny Bridge crossing canal with trees either side Halfpenny Bridge on Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath

We are doing this work in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, and will resurface the towpath between Darlington Wharf in Bath and Bathampton Road Bridge. 

Work will start on Monday, March 14, and will take approximately 18 weeks to complete.  

Haven for people and wildlife

The stretch is one of the most heavily used sections on the Kennet & Avon Canal, at a time when more people than ever are visiting their local waterways. Running through the historic Sydney Gardens, the canal in Bath has become a haven for people and wildlife, as well as an important part of the ancient city’s heritage.

The project is part of a three year, £3.7 million Cycle City Ambition Fund grant to the Council, and will also include improvements to a 300m link path from the towpath to Grosvenor River Bridge.  While the canal will remain open, diversions around affected stretches of towpath for pedestrians and cyclists will be signposted throughout the works.

"Make a real difference"

Mark Evans, waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said:

“This project will make a real difference to everyone using the Kennet & Avon Canal in Bath, whether you’re a pedestrian, boater, cyclist or angler. We’ll be starting in Bathampton and working west, so please do bear with us while the work is taking place as there will be bits of the towpath closed for periods of time. Weather permitting, we’re hoping to get everything open again by the start of the summer holidays.”