A section of the Bridgewater Way in
Salford was officially opened to the public this week.
The opening of the half mile section
runs from Liverpool Road to Patricroft; where the historic canal crosses under
the first commercial railway line from Liverpool to Manchester. The works done
here mean improve the accessibility to the canal side allowing members of the
community can enjoy the beauty of the canal more readily.
The towpath itself has been completed
and is now suitable for walkers, cyclists, wheelchairs, buggies, fisherman;
anyone who enjoys spending time along the canal side, with works in progress to
install street furniture and heritage signage along the stretch.
Elsewhere on the Bridgewater Way
sections are being opened in Wigan; from King Street Bridge to Elizabeth
Street, and Runcorn; from Waterloo Bridge in the centre of a Runcorn to the
village of Moore and after being part of the winning Connect2 bid to win a
slice of £50 million lottery grant, the Sale to Stretford section of the
Bridgewater Way in Trafford is now undergoing detailed planning. In total 10
miles of the 40 mile stretch have now been regeneration and are open to the
Mike Butterworth of Peel Holdings
said, “We are delighted to have opened this section of the Bridgewater Way in
Salford. We are opening a number of sections this month and are now a quarter
of the way through completing this fantastic project. Once complete the
Bridgewater Way will open up the canal side to all users enabling people to
enjoy the beauty of this valued historic asset”.
Cllr Barry Warner, Salford City
Council’s lead member for culture and sport, which includes tourism, added:
“Our waterside attractions are a real asset to the city as well as a reminder
of Salford’s heritage.
“People often forget we’ve got more
than 30 miles of rivers and canals in Salford and making even more of it
accessible for everyone to enjoy is great news for our visitors and residents.”
The Salford West Regeneration Fund
contributed £50,000 to the restoration. The fund will provide £4.6 million of
investment between 2007 and 2011 to support a range of projects which encourage
economic growth, high quality neighbourhoods and outstanding leisure assets
across the west of Salford.