Work to start on next phase of towpath improvements

Improvement work is due to start on the Thames Towpath between Iffley Lock and Hinksey Stream.

The work is being done as part of the Riverside Routes project which is improving off-road pedestrian and cycle links between residential areas and Oxford city centre.

The project was awarded funding as part of the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition initiative and is being supported by additional funding allocated through the Oxfordshire Growth Deal.

The county council consulted on the project in summer 2017 and found that there was a desire to improve both the surface quality and width of the towpath along various sections including south of Iffley lock and on the towpath beyond the southern bypass to Hinksey Stream.

Through the work the towpath will be widened to three metres where possible, and improved surface quality throughout. The improvements will provide benefits to all users of the towpath and are intended to be completed by late autumn.