Give your thoughts on canal towpath improvement plans

Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Four weeks of consultation on proposed improvements to Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath are now underway.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority want your views on plans to improve the Canal towpath between Longroyd Lane in Huddersfield and Low Westwood Lane opposite Titanic Mills.

What are the Proposals

The proposals include:

  • resurfacing the 4.6km stretch of towpath  to create a year-round usable surface
  • widening  the path to allow people to pass each other comfortably
  • relaying and re-pointing the heritage cobbles around locks and bridges to make towpath more accessible and improved signage.

The planned improvements are part of the Canals Project, a programme of work being delivered across West Yorkshire by CityConnect, in partnership with Canal & River Trust.

How to take part in the towpath consultation

Go online

To take part in the consultation online or find further information, visit City Connect website where they can leave comments directly on the maps.

Attend an event

During the four-week consultation there will be public consultation events at which people can view the plans, meet the CityConnect Team and the Canal & River Trust designers and leave their feedback.

Events are at:

  • Milnsbridge – Crosland Moor Community Centre on Monday 6 March – 4pm to 7.30pm
  • Huddersfield Packhorse Shopping Centre on Tuesday 7 March – 10am to 2pm

Tweet your views

There will be a live Twitter consultation via @CityConnect1  where people can join in and Tweet their views to the CityConnect team and designers from Canal & River Trust who will be answering questions live. The date and time for this will be confirmed on social media.

Send us your comments

By email:

By letter to: CityConnect Team, Wellington House, 40-50 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 2DE.

Why should you get involved?

Cllr Keith Wakefield, West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Chair said:

“These proposals will provide an improved walking and cycling route between Huddersfield along this stretch of the canal and that gives local communities with a convenient option to travel away from the roads.

“Providing safe, accessible and attractive environments, such as this to enable and encourage people to cycle and walk for leisure and commuting purposes and I would encourage people to go online or visit the consultation events and get involved in the consultation.”

Cllr Peter McBride, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Place said:

“The proposals for the changes to the canal towpath will provide Kirklees residents and visitors with improved access to the district and surrounding areas whether they travel by bike, foot or on the water. The improvements and the wider city connect project will make it safer and more pleasurable to commute between our own and neighbouring towns, and provide a range of leisure opportunities and related health benefits. I would encourage everyone who likes to get outdoors and be active to get involved.”

Anyone wanting a hard copy of the consultation information, should email


  • Hi Pauline,

    Thanks for your enquiry. The best people to talk to about the plans for the canal itself are the canal & river trust who operate the waterways. You can contact the Manchester and Pennine office on



  • You mention improved access on the water – is there a programme then to improve the navigability of the canal? In some parts it seems very silted up and vegetation has encroached, narrowing it so much I wonder whether canal boats can get through. Also (at the risk of sounding whacky) are there any possibilities for water buses??

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