South Yorkshire towpath to be transformed thanks to Government cash

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CYCLISTS are set to benefit from improvements to a canal towpath between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley in Sheffield.

Funding has been granted by the Department for Transport to improve the surface of the canal towpath and Five Weirs Walk, part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network and Trans-Pennine Trail.

Within Rotherham, the towpath along the South Yorkshire Navigation is in a poor condition, andduring wet weather the path can become muddy.

The improvements include providing a 2.5metre-wide, waterproof hard surface between Rotherham town centre and Tinsley.

The initial phase of construction includes the section from Centenary Way towards Sheffield.

Links on to the towpath from Templeborough, Masbrough and Kimberworth have also been identified for improvement.

Coun Gerald Smith, Rotherham Council cabinet member for regeneration and development, said: “This is an innovative development that will benefit all cyclists.”

The improvements to the canal towpath are set to be completed by the end of the year.