Canal towpath improvements in Burnley completed

Published on Fri Dec 15 2023
Man dressed in dark clothing stood on new towpath with canal behind him.

Improvements to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath through Burnley have been completed.

The work included widening and resurfacing a 1.2 mile stretch of the towpath between Westgate and Yorkshire Street, and improving the access point at Manchester Road where steps were altered to incorporate an access ramp.

Councillor Cunliffe, Burnley Council’s executive member for sustainable development and economy, said, “The upgrading of the canal towpath has made a huge difference along this stretch of the canal and it’s great to see it completed.

“As well as a home for wildlife and nature, the canal is used and enjoyed by visitors, walkers and cyclists every day. It’s an historic and peaceful ‘green’ route through the heart of the town and these improvements will encourage more people to use it.”

Rachel Daley, project manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Research shows that spending time by water is good for our physical and mental health. These towpath improvements are important because it will make it easier for people to access the wonderful Leeds and Liverpool Canal on their doorstep.

“As a charity we’re incredibly grateful for the funding that makes these towpath improvements possible for the benefit of the local communities the canal runs through, especially as our charity’s public funding has been significantly reduced.

“It’s great to see how much local people value the canal: their support is vital so that we can continue to protect and preserve our historic waterways and avert the decline we saw last century.”

The project was delivered by the Canal & River Trust, in partnership with the council, and funded by the Government’s Levelling Up fund as part of a £20 million package secured by Burnley Council. The towpath work is part of a wider scheme to enhance links between Manchester Road railway station, the University of Lancashire (UCLan) campus and the town centre.

Pictured: Council leader Councillor Afrasiab Anwar at the improved access point to Manchester Road.

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