Huddersfield Narrow Canal Towpath Improvements
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath improvement scheme will deliver upgrades to an important stretch of Huddersfield Narrow Canal, south west of Huddersfield (see map below). Some of the towpath is currently in poor condition with water damage and areas of standing water.
Construction is now underway, with work starting on Monday 30 April 2018 with an estimated 16-week construction period. Construction is expected to finish by mid August 2018.
The towpath will be closed in phases as follows:
Lock 4 to Bridge 29 – 14 May 2018 to 7 June 2018
Bridge 29 to Bridge 30 – 21 May 2018 to 20 June 2018
Bridge 30 to Bridge 31 – 11 June 2018 to 25 July 2018
Bridge 31 to Bridge 32 – 11 July 2018 to 8 August 2018
Bridge 31 to Lock 12 – 25 July 2018 to 13 August 2018
A link to a suggested diversion route is below:
The upgrade of the off-highway cycle route with high quality surfacing from Longroyd Lane (Bridge 25) in Huddersfield to Lock 11E in Milnsbridge. The scheme will enable the towpath to be used safely and comfortably by cyclists and pedestrians all year round. The upgraded towpath will provide residents and communities close to the canal with a convenient option to travel away from the roads for leisure, utility or employment. The canal route offers a traffic free alternative to the A62 road route which runs parallel to the canal. Improvements will include re-surfacing, re-pointing of some cobbled areas, clearing excessive vegetation, drainage improvements and signage. You can see the details on the map below.
Map of proposed improvements
The improvements will include:
The material used to resurface and improve the towpath will be a combination of flexipave, a bound surface made from recycled car tyres and a self-binding aggregate. The self-binding aggregate has already been used on some sections of the CityConnect 1 scheme and is well suited to a semi-rural environment. The flexipave offers a highly porous and flexible surface which can be used where there are issues of poor drainage, standing water and water erosion.
The width of the towpath on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is restricted by boundary walls and fencing, land ownership, bridges and locks. The width of the new surface will be determined by these limitations and will be maximised where possible.
Cobbled sections around locks and bridges are an important heritage feature of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. Cobbles will be re-laid and re-pointed where appropriate.
A bespoke suite of signage will be created for the Huddersfield Narrow Canal which will focus on promoting positive user behaviour for the multiuser route, aid user navigation and warn walkers and cyclists of the potential hazards on the route including low bridge heights, steep slopes adjacent to the locks and sections of the narrow towpath.
Public consultation took place from Monday 13 February until Sunday 12 March. People were invited to comment on the proposals online, via email, post or by attending one of the consultation events
- Monday 27th Feb – Handmade Bakery, Upper Mills, Canal Side, Slaithwaite – 4pm – 7pm
- Monday 6th March – Crosland Moor Community Centre, 15 Park Rd W. Milnsbridge – 4pm – 7:30pm
- Tuesday 7th March – Packhorse Shopping Centre, Packhorse Walk, Huddersfield – 10am – 2pm
Click here for documents relating to this project.