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Leeds Liverpool Canal Towpath Improvements

Improvements to the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath are taking place in two phases

Phase 1 – Kirkstall to Shipley

CityConnect, in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, have made significant improvements to sections of the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool canal, from Leeds city centre through to Silsden. This work has included surfacing, access improvements and new signage.

The first phase is now complete and no further works will be taking place between Kirkstall and Shipley. We are looking to secure additional funds to continue the resurfacing works.


Phase 2 – Silsden to Riddlesden (Airedale Greenway)

Building on the canal towpath upgrades made in Phase 1, this scheme will involve the construction of an off- highway cycle route, with high quality surfacing, covering around 2.7km from Lodge Hill Bridge at Riddlesden Golf Club (Bridge 194) to Silsden Road Bridge (Bridge 191A). The final designs and costs for the scheme are in the process of being confirmed and once this has taken place it is expected that construction will start in early 2018 and be completed by the end of the summer.

A map of the proposed scheme is shown below;


The scheme will enable the towpath to be used safely and comfortably by cyclists and pedestrians all year round. The towpath already provides a number of communities and towns within the Bradford District access to a continuous off highway route from Leeds City Centre to Skipton and the key employment and retail hubs surrounding them.

The material used to improve the towpath has been chosen according to the Canal and River Trust Towpath Design Standards 2013. It will be a natural compacted limestone surface. This has been used on some sections of the CityConnect 1 scheme and is well suited to a semi-rural environment such as this.

Public Consultation for Phase 2 took place from Friday 7th October 2016 until Friday 21st October 2016. There was strong support for the improvements from the local community.

Please check our and accounts for updates on activities and information around this project.

.Click here for documents relating to this project.

To get in touch with the CityConnect Team please visit our Contact Us page.


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