Canal towpath made of 7,500 recycled tyres officially opened in Northampton

Ribbon-cutting for new Grand Union Canal towpath between East Hunsbury and Sixfields
Ribbon-cutting for new Grand Union Canal towpath between East Hunsbury and Sixfields
  • The path was made with shredded recycled tyres, gravel and resin
  • The £300,000 project was jointly funded by Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council and the Canal and River Trust
  • The stretch of path between East Hunsbury and Sixfields is open to boaters, walkers and cyclists

A new £300,000 canal towpath made of 7,500 recycled tyres has been opened in Northampton.

The project, along the stretch of the Grand Union Canal between East Hunsbury and Sixfields, took eight weeks to complete and involved removing the existing towpath and laying a mixture of shredded tyres, gravel and resin.

This is the last stretch of canal towpath to be resurfaced in the borough and I’m really pleased with how good it looks

James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal and River Trust

It was officially opened during a ceremony in Briar Hill by members of Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County and Council and the Canal and River Trust, who jointly funded the work.

James Clifton, enterprise manager for the Canal and River Trust, the charity that cares for the 2,000 miles of canal in England and Wales, said: “This is the last stretch of canal towpath to be resurfaced in the borough and I’m really pleased with how good it looks.

“I hope local people notice the difference when they’re enjoying a nice stroll or bike ride. Using recycled tyres has also meant we’re doing our bit to protect our local environment and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.”

Councillor Michael Clarke, county council member for transport, said: “I’m delighted that the county council has played a part in rejuvenating this stretch of waterway as it brings a variety of benefits to the area and the town.

“The use of recycled materials has environmental benefits, while improving the path helps encourage people to consider alternative modes of transport to the car, reducing congestion and pollution.”