Kennet and Avon towpath improvements

2.2km of towpath alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal between Bath and Bathampton will be upgraded to provide a high quality walking and cycling route, for people travelling in from the east of Bath as an alternative to the A4.

A £585,000 project to upgrade 2.2km of towpath alongside the Kennet & Avon Canal between Bath and Bathampton commenced in March 2016 and will take 18 weeks to complete.

The work is being done by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, and will resurface the towpath between Darlington Wharf in Bath and Bathampton Road Bridge.

The aim of this scheme is to provide a high quality walking and cycling route, for people travelling in from the east of Bath as an alternative to the A4. This 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 works will also include improvements to a 300m link path from the towpath to Grosvenor River Bridge and a number of other linking paths.  While the canal will remain open, diversions around affected stretches of towpath for pedestrians and cyclists will be signposted throughout the works.

Door to Door journeys

In 2015/16 this project focussed on the provision of cycle parking in schools within Bath. There has been a great deal of interest from schools and the Council have been able to provide funding for new cycle parking shelters in 5 schools.

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