The Project to upgrade the 2.2km section of canal towpath between Bath (A36 Beckford Road) and Bathampton will commence on site on Monday 14th March 2016. Works will be carried out by Kier (Canal & River Trust’s contractor) and are expected to last for up to 18 weeks, with a scheduled completion of Friday 15th July 2016. This will be just in time for the start of the school summer holidays.
The project is being undertaken in partnership between Canal & River Trust and Bath & North East Somerset Council and is being funded predominantly via the Department for Transport’s, City Cycle Ambition Fund 2.
The works in brief will comprise of the following:
1. Scarify the full width of the existing towpath and widen where required to make up an overall width of 2.5m of finished towpath.
2. Lay 50mm thick dense bitumen macadam upon a 100mm type 1 sub-base.
3. To finish, lay a surface dressing of tar spray with chippings. The coloured finish of the chippings will attempt to closely match the existing limestone surface colour.
4. Upgrade the 300m link path which provides a footpath link from the canal towpath to/over the Grosvenor river footbridge.
Works are scheduled to commence at Bathampton and work west back towards Bath. The contractor’s main compound is to be situated at Darlington Wharf/A36 and this will start to be assembled during the w/c 7th March 2016.
The canal will remain open to navigation throughout the works, but sections of the towpath will be closed to the public. However, access for residents and boaters (to and from their boats) will be maintained throughout and managed by the works contractor. For towpath users, there is a towpath diversion via Candy’s Bridge/Meadow Lane which is around the mid-point of the site, meaning 50% of the towpath (not being worked) will always remain open. A temporary pathway is to be created from the towpath on to Candy’s Bridge/Meadow Lane to facilitate the diversion.