Canal Towpath Improvement Project

Shropshire Union Canal Towpath
Photo: Canal and River Trust

The Cycling Campaign has welcomed the plans by the Canal and River Trust (the Trust), in partnership with the national walking and cycling charity Sustrans, to upgrade sections of the Shropshire Union Canal towpath in Chester. This includes towpath widening and surfacing improvements.

Using funding secured by Sustrans, the improvement works between Caughall Road and Wervin Road have now been completed with the towpath re-opened. Phase 2 of improvements will be coming in 2023.  These will include resurfacing up to Picton Lane. 

Sustrans is leading a £77m programme, supported by the Department for Transport, to enhance the National Cycle Network and achieve our Paths for Everyone vision. The programme, which is delivering over 150 transformative projects to improve over 300km of the Network, is making walking and cycling safer and more accessible for everyone.

This scheme aims to link Chester to Ellesmere Port, providing a safe and traffic-free route linking residents to local amenities such as Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Chester Zoo, Ellesmere Port town centre and the National Waterways Museum.

The improvements will also tie in with the existing Chester Zoo Nature Reserve and the zoo’s Wildlife Connections Trail.

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  1. while the renovation of these tow paths through Upton are brilliant, two ugly rusty boats have been left on the canal since the workmen moved on and one is now almost submerged. I’m sure this could become a hazard for this sometimes busy stretch of canal.

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