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Phase 1 - Leeds to Skipton Canal Improvements - 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 – Airedale Greenway Canal Improvements – Silsden to Riddlesden

Building on the canal towpath upgrades made as part of the CityConnect1 project, 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 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.

A map of the proposed scheme is shown below;

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Public Consultation took place from Friday 7th October 2016 until Friday 21st October 2016. There was a public consultation event held at Silsden Town Hall on Wednesday 12th October from 16:30 until 19:30. There was strong support for the improvements from the local community.

Construction will commence in early summer 2017 and will be complete by March 2018.

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

Keep an eye on our events page for details of the opening and all the activities which will be taking place along the route.

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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