Have your say on canal improvements
The Canal and River Trust (successor to British Waterways) is inviting feedback on proposed towpath improvements between Great Western Road and Gasworks Dock, near the Sainsbury’s store at Kensal Rise.
Possible improvements include widening the towpath in places like this, to make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to share it.
You can find details of the measures the Canal and River Trust are considering, and a survey for your comments, at http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/consultations/current-consultations. Please note that the consultation period ends on Friday 8th February.
The main elements of the Canal and River Trust's strategy are:
- A surfacing strategy to provide visual cues to make the towpath safer. This will include physical calming measures in some places.
- Improve safety, visibility and connections to the towpath at entrance points, including , using distinct materials along the route to define access points.
- Improve signage at strategic points to inform and encourage the option to use alternative routes for cycling on nearby roads.
The growth in the popularity of cycling, the attractiveness of the canal and the lack of attractive alternatives all mean that the capacity of the canal to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists safely is likely to be exceeded unless suitable measures are taken. The Canal and River Trust is also looking for alternative routes in the Camden, Islington and Hackney areas, where the safe capacity of the Regent's Canal could be exceeded at peak times.