1st Nov 2010
Local communities are enjoying cleaner, greener and more accessible waterways in Wolverhampton as a two-year canal access enhancement scheme nears completion.
British Waterways has worked in partnership with All Saints and Blackenhall Community Development’s (ABCD) New Deal For Communities project and other partners on the £425,000 transformation of an area of Wolverhampton’s Old Main Line Canal.
The aim of the project which is expected to be fully completed by December was to forge better and safer access to the canal network. As part of the project an access ramp suitable for use by disabled people has been created at Monmore Bridge, Cable Street and a set of access steps have been constructed at Lower Walsall Street Bridge. Previously access at Monmore Bridge was unsuitable for cyclists or those with pushchairs or wheelchairs, while at Lower Walsall Street Bridge there has been no access to the canal for 40 years.
The creation of these new access points, which have been completed in recent weeks, have been complemented by the installation of a pedestrian counter, new paving to the towpath under bridges and works to enhance biodiversity including hedge planting and reed-planting. A successful volunteer day was also held in which 10 volunteers assisted with tasks such as clearing litter and vegetation.
Tony Harvey, British Waterways’ Head of Regeneration (Midlands) said: “This has been a very successful two-year project bringing big improvements to the area by providing greatly enhanced canal access and safety. The scheme has opened up Wolverhampton’s canal corridor to encourage everyone to take full advantage of this fantastic amenity – and positive feedback from passers-by tells us the local community are already enjoying the benefits of better access.”