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Upgraded river path to benefit walkers and cyclists
13th September 2011

The River Weaver Navigation Society has welcomed the news that another key section of the River Weaver has been made accessible to all  - thanks to a £120,000 upgrade.

Funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council with support from British Waterways and the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, the project has transformed a two-kilometre mud track between Vale Royal Locks and Newbridge into a multi-user path and cycleway.

The two-metre wide path, which is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, links directly into the recently upgraded Weaver Parkway in Winsford.

The three-month project was managed by the Council’s Weaver Valley team and undertaken by local firm Booher Construction Services.

Local Councillor Helen Weltman said: “The river path is a key off-road link between Northwich and Winsford but in its former condition this section was tricky to negotiate, particularly for people with mobility difficulties.

“This investment by the Council means even more of the path is fully accessible. I hope it will encourage even more people to enjoy this picturesque route.”

The Council is now looking to secure funding to upgrade the remaining 1.2km of the path, between Vale Royal Locks and Blue Bridge.

Geoff Hope-Terry, Chair of the Weaver Valley Partnership Board, said: “This newly completed section means that 85 percent of the route has now been upgraded.

“Once completed, the off-road multi-user pathway from Northwich town centre to Winsford Flashes will stretch 8.2km, providing a wonderful leisure resource for walkers and cyclists alike.”

Nicola Lewis-Smith, Enterprise Manager for British Waterways, said: “The river path is particularly well used by a range of users including walkers, cyclists and runners.

“This investment by the Council will greatly improve the towpath, opening up more of our natural heritage for communities and visitors to enjoy.”

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