Grand Union Canal Quietway Towpath Improvements

25 November 2020

The towpath along the Grand Union Canal in Alperton has had a facelift and local residents are making the most of the canal to get outside, be close to nature, and take some exercise whilst enjoying the canal environment.

Brent Council is working with Canal & River Trust and Transport for London to provide a much improved public realm and shared space for cyclists and pedestrians using the waterway. Brent Council contributed £165,000 of funding from developments towards the widening and resurfacing of the towpath which will benefit residents and visitors to the area.

Canal & River Trust are encouraging people to be more considerate when they visit the towpaths. Their ‘Stay Kind, Slow Down’ campaign encourages people to continue that care towards others that’s been so evident during the pandemic and give others space and quiet time to enjoy the canal in a relaxed environment.

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning, said, “As well as really helping to improve the infrastructure for walking and cycling in Brent, this scheme has helped to create a much more attractive space which is perfect for a walk or cycle to places as far off as Paddington or West Drayton.”

Susannah Miller from Canal & River Trust said, “The transformation of the towpath in and around Alperton has provided such a great resource for residents and visitors to get their dose of exercise and wellbeing; it’s so important right now.”

Local residents regularly volunteer to pick up litter along the canal, resulting in the restorative environment that can now be enjoyed by all the Alperton residents who love to be beside the canal and its thriving wildlife and biodiversity.

Diana Fitzwilliam from Canal & River Trust said, “We’d really like to encourage people to take their litter home with them so other people and wildlife can enjoy the canal too. Our Plastics Challenge is helping people get involved with the clean-up to prevent plastics polluting our canals, rivers and ending up in the oceans.”

If you’d like to find out more or get involved with keeping Alperton’s canal towpaths happy and healthy: