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02 December 2010

Link between School and Bridgewater Canal Opens

Springfield Primary School pupils were joined by the Mayor of Trafford to officially open their new 'traffic free' school entrance.

The new entrance, which was opened on Tuesday 30th November, will enable pupils to cycle or walk along the Bridgewater Canal each day, instead of travelling along the busy main road outside their school.

Phase 3 of the Bridgewater Way Opens in Trafford
The Sale Links to School project is part of UK charity Sustrans work in partnership with local authorities to connect communities to their schools, colleges and wider networks of routes including the National Cycle Network. It is jointly funded by Sustrans, Trafford Council, Peel Group and the Bridgewater Canal Trust which aims to make routes to schools safer.

It is also part of the larger Bridgewater Way project to regenerate 62km of the canal towpath creating a more accessible route suitable for all users including walkers, anglers, motorised wheelchairs, prams and cyclists.

More than £500,000 of investment has improved the route to Springfield Primary, Sale Grammar’s Claremont Centre and the Bridgewater Way, including new signage, dropped crossings, improved accesses to the canal, a resurfaced towpath and a new gate for the primary school.

Executive Councillor Alan Mitchell and the Mayor, Councillor Ken Weston, agreed that the project has enabled a safer route for the pupils to travel to school each day and are pleased that pupils will be making use of, and benefiting from, the investment in the new footpath.

Cllr Mitchell said: "Through providing this facility we hope it will encourage more parents to leave their cars at home and make use of the footpath as a pleasant and environmentally friendly way to travel to and from the school, making Trafford a cleaner, greener borough."

Mike Butterworth from Peel said: "We are very pleased that the Bridgewater Way work in this area is now complete and the school has an alternative, traffic-free entrance. We hope the work done to improve the Bridgewater Canal towpath will encourage families to use the safer route along the canal away from the busy main road."

Pupils also took part in a quiz to provide them with additional information about travelling to school safely.

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