North Lincolnshire Council has entered into an agreement with the Canal and River Trust to develop proposals to introduce a multi-user path along the Stainforth and Keadby Canal as part of a £500,000 scheme to link Crowle to Scunthorpe.
The towpath improvements will provide new, sustainable routes to employment for the residents of the Isle of Axholme. It will also increase the number of people accessing the Isle for health and leisure.
The Stainforth and Keadby Canal is a beautiful area with limited access for pedestrians, cyclists, anglers and especially the disabled, particularly after rain. The towpath improvements will provide a route on which walking and cycling can take place and will bring long-term benefits to the area for generations to come, encouraging visitors to come to North Lincolnshire from neighbouring areas.
We will also improve the biodiversity of the waterway by installing deer ramps (access/egress for deer in areas where they have been known to fall into the waterway) and habitat improvements for wildlife, including coir rolls, bat boxes and owl boxes where appropriate.
The project is part of a larger scheme to deliver a multi-user path between Crowle and Scunthorpe along existing public rights of way.
Some preparation work started in December 2015 on the footpath between North Lincolnshire Retail Park and Gunness that runs along the railway line at the back of Glanford Park. This included resurfacing and widening the path over the M181 motorway at Frodingham Grange.
Further preparation work started at the beginning of January and work will recommence on the section between Glanford Park and Gunness early in the New Year; with work starting on the canal in early February.
Work was carried out:
- Canal towpath between The Barge Inn and Vazon Bridge will be closed for two weeks between 8 and 19 February 2016.
- Between New Pilfrey Bridge and Vazon Bridge will require a three week closure between 22 February and 4 March 2016.
- Between the A161 and New Pilfrey Bridge from 7 March to 15 April 2016.
The towpath works are being carried out in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of historic waterways in England and Wales. The works will create a 2.1 metre wide surfaced towpath, finished with local blast furnace slag dust. There will also be access gates and parking areas for anglers.
A map of the proposed route along the Stainforth and Keadby Canal towpath [PDF, 1Mb] is available to download.