The CityConnect project, in partnership with the Canal and River Trust and Calderdale Council, is making improvements to 12km of canal towpaths in Calderdale.
The upgrades will include the resurfacing and widening of towpaths, re-pointing of some cobbled areas, clearing excessive vegetation and improving drainage.
These improvements will provide all-year round traffic-free, scenic routes for people travelling by bike or on foot, providing important missing links in infrastructure and helping open up access to some of our region’s best countryside.
New signage will also be created as part of these schemes..
Rochdale Canal – Hebden Bridge to Todmorden
Works to improve the 6km of canal towpath between Stubbings Bridge and Lock 18 in Todmorden will start in April and are expected to be completed in autumn.
Rochdale Canal – Sowerby Bridge to Hebden Bridge
The improvements to the 6km of canal towpath between Lock 1 in Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge were started in March 2018 and are now largely complete, with only minor remedial works to finish.
The towpath has been resurfaced, widened and cobbles have been cleaned and re-laid.
Communities in and around Luddendenfoot and Mytholmroyd are benefitting from improved access for people travelling by bike or on foot.
Calder Hebble Navigation – Sowerby Bridge Basin to Hollas Lane Bridge
The improvements to this 1km section of towpath, including resurfacing and widening, took place in summer 2018 and are now complete.
This section provides a missing traffic-free link between Sowerby Bridge and Hollas Lane, where the towpath has already been resurfaced through to Brighouse, where people can access NCN route 69 in to Halifax.