11 June 2008
King Street Bridge to Elizabeth Street Section of Bridgewater Way Opens
A section of the Bridgewater Way in
Leigh town centre was officially opened to the public this week.
The opening of the one mile section
which runs from King Street Bridge to Elizabeth Street in Leigh Town centre
will greatly 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 a 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 Salford; from Liverpool Road to Patricroft, 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 almost 10 miles of the
40 mile stretch have now been regeneration and are open to the public.
Mike Butterworth of Peel Holdings
said, “We are delighted to have opened this section of the Bridgewater Way in
Leigh. 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”.
The Wigan section of the canal is a
key artery in the Greenheart project, which is working to make the countryside
more accessible to local people. Jo Harrop, the Greenheart project manager
says, “This is a great scheme which supports what Greenheart is all about –
linking up local communities with the countryside and helping people travel
round the area in a sustainable, fun and healthy way. The canal is a great
resource and the improvements will make it much easier for people to enjoy it".
The Wigan section was funded jointly through the European Regional Development
Fund, Wigan Council and the Bridgewater Canal Trust.