I frequently stroll down the section of the canal that runs between Timperley and Sale. Today, a gang of Polish workmen was installing numerous signposts and this information board. As you can see below, the towpath at this point has been restored to a pristine condition. Unfortunately, beyond Marsland Bridge – seen here in the distance – the section of the towpath from Brooklands, through Timperley and Altrincham to Lymm, is in places a quagmire at this time of year.
It’s a shame that the funding for the elaborate signposts doesn’t extend to a bit of hard core (even as a temporary measure) on the towpath, which is on the whole in good condition.
There’s lots more about the Bridgewater Canal and the Bridgewater Way here.
Maybe I shouldn’t be too harsh. This press release indicates that the whole of the 40 mile Bridgewater Way project may take some time. We can perhaps expect some local towpath closures.
It does seem crazy though that there don’t seem to be plans to improve the narrow section of towpath between Stretford and Deansgate (Manchester City Centre). That would encourage more people to cycle to work in preference to crowding onto the inadequate rush hour trams.