The Canal & River Trust has begun work to resurface and widen part of the Grand Union Canal towpath in Leighton Buzzard to create a smooth pothole- free walking route into the centre of the town.
The £118,000 project is being carried out by the Trust – the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales – and is fully funded by Central Bedfordshire Council.
The majority of the improvement work involves replacing the old towpath surface and widening it from Bossington Lane to Leighton Lock. Outside Tesco, overgrown grass has already been removed, and the ramp down to the towpath will be covered with an anti-slip coating. The cobbles under the Bridge Street Bridge are also being repaired.
James Clifton, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “I’m delighted Central Bedfordshire Council has been able to fund these much needed improvements. This part of the towpath is already well used by walkers, cyclists and boaters, as it provides a safe link to and from the town centre.
“Once the works are finished, local people will have a lovely green way of getting to the shops, or work, or even just as a relaxing traffic-free route to get away from it all.”
The towpath will be closed during the works, but a clearly signed diversion route is in place. The works are due to be finished by mid May.