A 1.7 km section of canal towpath through Ellesmere Port is being upgraded into an all-weather hard surface by the Canal & River Trust.

Thanks to a £250,000 grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Regional Growth Fund, the towpath along the Shropshire Union Canal from Bewleys Bridge (no 144) to New Stanney Bridge (140A) is being improved in a six week project.

Delivered by the Canal & River Trust, which cares for the nation’s 2,000 miles of canals, the project will allow walkers, boaters, cyclists, joggers and anglers greater access to the towpath and a chance to enjoy visiting the beautiful canal, whatever the weather.

Wendy Capelle, local waterway manager with the Canal & River Trust, said: “This stretch of towpath is very popular and we are delighted to receive funding from Cheshire West and Chester Council to allow us to improve the surface for everyone who enjoys visiting the canal.

“The Shropshire Union Canal provides a wonderful green corridor away from the busy urban streets. With the funding the towpath will provide a good quality surface, even after heavy rain which is great news for local residents.”

Sections of the towpath will be closed while the work is carried out and diversion routes will be signed. The Trust is expecting to have the improved towpath open for Easter.

Anyone who would like to support the restoration of the canals can become a Friend of the Canal & River Trust online at www.canalrivertrust.org.uk or by phoning 0303 040 4040.

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