Councillors and representatives from Peel met on the recently completed towpath beside the Bridgewater Canal on Friday 17th June 2011 to officially open the next phase of the Bridgewater Way route in Trafford. This phase of work concentrated on the section of the Bridgewater Way which runs approximately 1.2km from Edge Lane to Watersmeeting in Stretford. This section continues from the first stretch of Bridgewater Way works in Trafford going from Sale to Stretford which was completed last year.
The Bridgewater Way canal towpath regeneration in Trafford is funded by Trafford Council, Sustrans, the Big Lottery Fund, the Bridgewater Canal Trust and canal owners, Peel. It is hoped that this phase of work in Trafford will encourage more use of the improved towpath for both walkers and cyclists.
This section of work will help to extend charity Sustrans’ National Cycle Network into the heart of Sale which also encompasses a section of the “Links to School” project in Trafford, which aims to create new and improved links for pupils to walk and cycle to school, which officially opened in March 2011.
Louise Morrissey, Director of Land and Planning at Peel said, “We are delighted the next phase of the Bridgewater Way in Trafford has opened especially as the Canal is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. We hope the completed towpath will be a great advantage for the area by opening up the canal corridor and allowing for more use by the local community, pedestrians and cyclists. We are also pleased to be part of the “Links to School” project and hope that the Bridgewater Way work will help to provide a safe route to and from school.”
Chairman of the Bridgewater Way Steering Group Cllr Ken Weston said: “The first phase of this project has been really successful and I am delighted that the routes around the canal are now opened up further for use by disabled people, pedestrians and cyclists whether they are residents or visitors.”
Sustrans Area Manager for Greater Manchester, Peter Green, said, “It’s great news to see this section of the Bridgewater Way opened, providing a new link that will extend the National Cycle Network right to Stretford Grammar School, allowing pupils to get from home to school safely on foot or by bike, as well as linking to the wider Network in Greater Manchester.”