Islington Regent’s Canal stretch in line for £100,000 makeover
PUBLISHED: 16:41 05 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:28 05 April 2013
Regent’s Canal is set to be transformed for hundreds of Islington walkers, cyclists and runners with a £100,000 makeover.
The six-figure sum from Transport for London (TfL) will see the towpath between Danbury Street and Sturt’s Lock levelled while overhanging bushes and overgrown weeds are being chopped to improve the towpath, creating more space.
The Canal & River Trust, overseeing the project, will also install low profile speed bumps, a new chicane and signage to improve safety.
It is also helping to kick start a new community garden with Hanover Primary School.
News of the project comes after a consultation asking borough canal users how they wanted their canal towpath improved.
It also comes after figures showing use of Greenways routs like towpaths across London has increased by 21 per cent.
Jon Guest, waterway manager at the Canal & River Trust, said: “The Regent’s Canal is a fantastic haven for people in the heart of Islington and is more popular than at any time in its history.
“We’ve worked closely with local communities and believe that the work we’re doing will help boaters, walkers, cyclists and families to share the space and enjoy the time they spend by the canal.”
David Rowe, head of borough projects at TfL, said: “The Canal has a key role to play in helping to meet the Mayor of London’s objective to improve access to and along London’s canals and waterways.”