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Basingstoke towpath to be upgraded

Transport charity Sustrans has announced that work to upgrade the Basingstoke canal towpath will start in February 2008, subject to consultation.

The work will involve bank protection and piling to the towpath edge as well as providing a hard-wearing surface for the towpath itself, making it is more accessible for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.

Ian Brown, Director of the Basingstoke Canal Authority said: "This is a great opportunity to improve access to the Canal, whilst maintaining and enhancing its character and community value. With these improvements we should accomplish a much safer and better maintained route from village to town that every one can use."

Source: DeHavilland