Work has begun on cyclepath linking Ashton- under-lyne to manchester City Centre. The £20m scheme is is one of the largest routes in a new 60km network which will be created under the Cycle City scheme.
The canal towpath from Piccadilly Basin in Manchester city centre to Portland Basin in Ashton-under-Lyne is to be resurfaced to create an all-weather route for cyclists, walkers and joggers and there will also be lock-ups at tram and train stations
Julie Sharman, head of enterprise with the Canal and River Trust said;
“This project will improve the towpath for everyone making it accessible for cyclists, walkers, joggers, anglers and boaters.
As well as providing a safe off-road route we hope many more people will use this improved towpath for leisure giving local people a great opportunity to use our network to increase activity and to enjoy the canal side environment.
Some of the route already has a good quality surface, near the Etihad City of Manchester Stadium and Piccadilly Village for example, but other areas will become much more accessible once an all-weather track is laid.
At last it will be possible to cycle or walk the entire length of the Ashton Canal on a hard surface, providing new opportunities for commuters and city dwellers who want to re-connect to nature.”
The scheme is funded through central Government and it is hoped 10% of all journeys in Greater Manchester will be made by bike by 2025