Daily Archives: February 1, 2014

Canal News – Cycling moves up a gear in Staffordshire

Canal News

Cycling moves up a gear in Staffordshire

Local people are being given the opportunity to view exciting plans to develop new cycle paths linking Staffordshire with the Peak District national park along one of the our historic waterways.Caldon Canal - Julie ArnoldCaldon Canal courtesy of Julie Arnold

The project will see the creation of four new cycle ways directly into the national park from the surrounding urban areas and is expected to benefit around 3.5 million people.

The project is being funded through the Government’s National Park Cycle Fund, with the Peak District National Park receiving £5 million. An additional £2.5 million will be provided by local authorities and a range of other organisations.

Historic towpath

One of the key routes will see the historic towpath of the Caldon Canal improved to provide a link connecting the Potteries through the Staffordshire Moorlands to the Peak District. The project will see £2m spent on improving the towpath for both walkers and cyclists. The project is the largest investment in Staffordshire’s canal network in recent years and will provide visitors the opportunity to access this green, wildlife-rich gateway into both the Churnet Valley and Peak District National Park.

Contractors, working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, will start at Stockton Brook in Stoke-on-Trent and work on sections of the towpath progressing towards Endon and on to Cheddleton and Leek.  From there an on road signed route to the Roaches from Leek and to the Manifold Valley will be provided as part of the project.

Drop-in event

A drop-in event giving local people the opportunity to view the plans and speak to some of the organisations behind the project will take place on Thursday 6 February from 4.30pm to 7.00pm at the Stoke-on-Trent Boat Club, off Park Lane in Endon.

Charlotte Atkins, chair of the Canal & River Trust’s Central Shires Waterway Partnership, adds: “We’re delighted to see works progressing to develop this important route with the County Council. Running through some of Staffordshire’s most spectacular countryside and steeped in history, the Caldon Canal is a very special place for visitors to explore.

“We really hope that walkers and cyclists will take the time to stop off and appreciate what the canal, and the communities it runs through have to offer as they make their way into and out of the beautiful Peak District.”

The work is expected to be completed in June 2015. Small sections of the towpath will be closed at a time to allow the work to be carried out safely and to minimise any inconvenience caused.

For further information on the scheme please feel free to drop into the event at the Stoke-on-Trent Boat or contact the project manager at Staffordshire County Council at stephen.knott@staffordshire.gov.uk

Caldon Canal CVR SILPic – David Jackson

Canal News – Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Weaver Navigation

Canal News

Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge, Weaver Navigation

We’re carrying out a huge engineering project to refurbish the Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge in Cheshire.

Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge

Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge

 As part of our annual programme of restoration and repairs to historic canal and rivers across the country, we’re inviting you to join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the £4.5 million restoration of 90 year-old Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge in Cheshire. You’ll get the chance to see the engineering works up close and chat to the project manager. The bridge when open carries over 20,000 vehicles a day.

The £4.5 million restoration, carried out in partnership with Cheshire West & Chester Council, started in June 2013 and is the biggest engineering project currently taking place on the waterways.

Tours run every hour on the hour from 10am to 3pm on both days (the event finishes at 4pm). The tours are free but booking is essential as there is a limited number of places available. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time to allow time for you to register. Car parking for the event will be located in the works compound on the Sutton Weaver side of the bridge. Please wear sensible footwear and clothing for your visit.

Book now to secure your free place 

4245Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge