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Wider Regent’s Canal towpath bid to end battle for space

Published: February 17, 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON

BRITISH Waterways is to launch a consultation tomorrow (Saturday) with a view to resolving once and for all the dispute between cyclists and walkers who battle over congested space on Regent’s Canal towpath.

The canal, which runs though Islington between Danbury Street in Angel and Sturt’s Lock in Canonbury, is a popular east-west link for cyclists and pedestrians wishing to avoid congested roads.

Now, British Waterways, which is responsible for maintaining the canal, has drawn up an action plan to improve the towpath.

Full details will not be released until tomorrow but the proposals include:

  • Introducing more chicanes and speed control measures to slow down cyclists;
  • Widening the towpath;
  • Resurfacing the towpath;
  • Providing more seats.

A British Waterways spokeswoman said none of the proposals is “set in stone” and everything was up for discussion. The consultation will be carried out with Islington Council, Friends of Regent’s Canal, Islington Cyclists Action Group, Hanover Primary and Nursery School and Islington Living Streets.

A statement from British Waterways added: “The Regent’s Canal towpath is a very busy walking and cycling route. During 2011, British Waterways introduced trial speed bumps and chicanes to help slow down cyclists in a hurry and rebalance the towpath towards pedestrians, who have priority. A bid has also been submitted to Transport for London’s Greenways programme to help improve alternative east-west cycling routes on borough roads.”

Full details of the consultation will be on display from tomorrow at South Library in Essex Road and on boards outside the Lock Building in City Road Lock.

The project team will be at the Narrow Boat pub in St Peter’s Street, Angel, between 3-8pm on Wednesday.

The consultation will end on March 18.

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