Canal towpath set for revamp

NILALM110310C1 - Sandiacre Canal
NILALM110310C1 - Sandiacre Canal

THE LATEST phase of work to improve the Erewash Canal towpath has got underway on the stretch between Sandiacre and Hallam Fields.

British Waterways is planning to replace the limestone surface of the one-and-a-half mile stretch of the towpath, which runs alongside the canal, to make it accessible all year round to walkers, joggers and cyclists.

The revamped towpath will form part of the Erewash Valley Trail – a 25-mile circular route along the canal aimed at encouraging healthy living, which opened last year.

A three-mile stretch from Trent Lock in Long Eaton to Mill Lane in Sandiacre has already been improved, but this latest phase will not be ready until June, by which point more than half of the entire canal towpath will have been revamped.

Head of regeneration for British Waterways Tony Harvey, said: “This project will complement the fantastic work that has already gone into enhancing the Erewash Canal towpath.

“In recent years the Erewash Canal has been transformed from an industrial waterway into a fantastic resource that has the potential to bring communities together, provide sustainable transport routes, attract visitors to the area and improve the quality of life for local people.”

One of the ideas behind the improvements is to encourage people of all ages to use the towpath as part of their daily route to work.

It is also hoped it will give locals somewhere to exercise or ‘just a quiet spot to get away from it all’.

It will link with other routes such as the Nutbrook Trail and Trent Valley Way, so runners, walkers and cyclists can enjoy circular routes.

The project has been funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and is led by British Waterways supported by Erewash and Broxtowe borough councils and environmental bodies.