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Canal towpaths across Walsall borough see huge improvement

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Walsall Council has been working with Canal & River Trust to improve around 9 miles of canal towpaths across the borough and the difference is incredible!

Three men walking along a canal towpath
L-R Councillor Adrian Andrew, James Dennison (Canal & River Trust) and Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street

Funded through the Walsall and Bloxwich Town Deal, Walsall Council has been working with Canal & River Trust to improve around 9 miles of canal towpaths across the borough.

Work commenced in spring 2023 and is due to complete early in 2024, with some stretches of the canal already finished.

Before and after photos show the huge improvement that the scheme has made, providing greater accessibility for people to walk and cycle and creating more opportunities for active travel.

On Friday 10 November 2023, Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street paid a visit to part of Rushall Canal along with deputy leader of Walsall Council Councillor Adrian Andrew to have a look at the progress that has been made.

“ It’s great to be able to come back and see the huge difference that this work has made. We visited this section of Rushall canal back in March, and at that point the towpaths were muddy and full of puddles. Now you can walk or cycle down the canal with ease, and it looks much more appealing too.

I want to thank Canal & River Trust for their hard work and expertise, without which we couldn’t deliver these sorts of improvements. “

Councillor Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Regeneration
Walsall Council

“ The towpath improvements are much needed around Walsall, and will mean people can use the canals more regularly to walk and cycle around the borough. We’ve over-delivered on the original plans, increasing the length of towpath improvements and the feedback we’ve had has been really positive.

The scheme has had its challenges, but despite that we are on track and confident in what we have delivered “

James Dennison, Development and Partnerships Manager
Canal & River Trust
Canal towpath before resurfacing
The canal towpath before work started
Resurfaced canal towpath
The canal towpath following improvement work

The canal improvements are part of a wider active travel and connectivity scheme, which aims to improve cycling and walking connections between Bloxwich high street, Walsall town centre and local employment sites.

The aim is to increase opportunities for residents to travel into and out of the borough for work and leisure.

Walsall and Bloxwich Town Deal will also see improvements to public spaces including parks, improved walking and cycling facilities through Bloxwich town centre, investments into adult and community learning as well as the creation of centres dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and creative industries.


Notes to editors

More information about the Town Deal can be found here

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