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Friday, August 3, 2012

£280,000 spent on canal towpath upgrade

... so if they can do it in Chirk, why not in Llan too?

Local AM Ken Skates helped officially open the latest phase of works to enhance the canal towpath at Chirk on the Llangollen Canal.
The 2.4km section of towpath between Whitehouse’s Tunnel and Chirk Tunnel was once muddy and uneven. A new surface has been laid and drainage installed to provide an all year round surface for all to enjoy.
The £280,000 project has received sustainable transport funding from the Welsh Government’s Taith funding stream and has been delivered by the newly established Canal & River Trust (formerly British Waterways) in partnership with Sustrans and the local authority.

* Ken Skates AM cuts the tape on the canal towpath
upgrade at Chirk.
Clwyd South member Mr Skates  said: “The work that has been done to improve the towpath along the Llangollen Canal has made a real difference and I would like to thank everyone that has been involved for their hard work.
“These towpaths are regularly used by walkers, runners and cyclists and their renovation can only increase their popularity, attracting people to our area.”
Sarah Lalieu Enterprise Manager at Canal & River Trust said: "The improvements to the towpath will enable more people to enjoy the popular Llangollen canal all year round. We are grateful for the support of our partners and funders in helping to achieve our aspiration to provide an improved route throughout the World Heritage Site."
·         Llanblogger comment:  It would be nice to see a similar amount of money spent on upgrading the canal towpath from Llan Wharf in the direction of the Horseshoe Falls which we recently highlighted as muddy and puddle strewn.

* The towpath at Llan - covered in mud and puddles
whenever it rains.

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