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Work due to start in Kirklees on £2.7 million walking and cycling boost

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Posted 22nd February 2022

The towpath upgrades include Milnsbridge and Slaithwaite on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. The work is being delivered through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme. The programme is aimed at enabling more people to walk and cycle, working in partnership with Bradford Council and the Canal & River Trust.

Improvement works will take place on a 3.5km section of the towpath between Apperley Bridge and Shipley on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and a 4.3km section of the towpath between Milnsbridge and Slaithwaite on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

Both schemes build upon previous upgrades to neighbouring sections of the canal towpaths in recent years.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: Traffic-free routes, such as canal towpaths, not only connect us with the places we need to go, they are often a focal point for the community. They provide us welcoming places for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy walking and cycling.”

“These upgrades will plug important missing links in our region’s network, helping people to get around more easily. As well as, contributing to our efforts to tackle the climate emergency on our way to becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2038.”

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