From Keighley News, March 23rd, 2018
Written by David Knights
THE LEEDS and Liverpool Canal between Silsden and Riddlesden will benefit from a £2.9 million boost for the county’s towpaths. West Yorkshire Combined Authority has announced plans to improve cycling and walking access to four canals. Work was due to start this week (March 26) on upgrading canal towpaths as part of the authority’s award winning £60 million CityConnect programme aimed at making it easier for people to cycle and walk.
The authority says the schemes will provide missing links in local cycling and walking infrastructure while opening up access to some of the region’s best countryside, including the Yorkshire Dales.
Keighley MP John Grogan, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways, helped launch the scheme by officially breaking ground on the towpath near Silsden Road Bridge.
He was joined on the towpath, part of the Airedale Greenway, by Cllr Eric Firth, deputy chairman of the authority’s Transport Committee, and representatives from the Canal & River Trust.
On the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 2.7km of the route between Lodge Hill Bridge at Riddlesden Golf Club and Silsden Road Bridge will be resurfaced, building on previous improvements from Kirkstall to Shipley.
Mr Grogan said: “In Parliament I am lucky enough to chair the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Waterways.
“I hope improvements to the towpath will mean that residents of Silsden and Keighley and visitors alike will be encouraged to make even greater use of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal which is one of the glories of the North of England.”