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15 March 2011

Work Begins on the Next Phase of the Bridgewater Way in Salford

The next phase of the Bridgewater Way in Salford is anticipated to start the week commencing 21st March 2011. This phase of work will concentrate on the section between Monton and Worsley, continuing from the recently completed section between the M602 and Monton.


The work will extend the Regional Route 82 and provide a pleasant environment for walkers, cyclists and visitors. This 1.4 km long scheme will add to the 20km length of the Bridgewater Way already complete in Eccles, Leigh, Runcorn and Trafford. This partnership scheme in Salford is funded by Salford City Council, Salford West, the Bridgewater Canal Trust and Peel. 

Louise Morrissey, Director of Land and Planning at Peel said, “It is great to see work start on this important section of the Bridgewater Way in Salford, particularly as this year is the 250th anniversary of this significant canal. The completed work will add to the 20km route already complete along the Bridgewater Canal and provide an attractive and safe route for users of the canal towpath.”


Cllr Bernard Pennington, Chairman of the Bridgewater Canal Trust said, “I am very pleased that work is starting again in Salford to extend the completed section of the Bridgewater Way route between the M602 and Monton. The Bridgewater Way is focussed on making the towpath a more pleasant place for walkers and cyclists and this work will go some way towards our goal of helping to regenerate the 40 miles of towpath along the Bridgewater Canal.”


Cllr David Lancaster, chair of Salford West Board and deputy leader of Salford City Council said, "I am happy to see the next stage of the improvements to the Bridgewater Way progressing so well. The towpath is an integral part of the council's 15 year masterplan to regenerate the Bridgewater Canal corridor which proposes to develop a 250 berth marina as well as bringing thousands more visitors to the area and much needed stimulus to the local economy."


Due to waterside construction works the team would like to inform the public that this section of the Bridgewater Canal towpath will be temporarily closed until end of June 2011. Care will be taken to minimise disruption to the public by only closing the towpath which is directly affected by the construction works. For safety reasons, the public are asked to keep off the construction site during this time and use an alternative route. 

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