02 December 2010
Link between School and Bridgewater Canal Opens
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.
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.