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Work being carried out by the Canal & River Trust with funding from TfL will begin later this year and run until 2018
Goolistan Cooper 27 OCT 2016
Work is starting shortly to upgrade a 16-mile stretch of the Grand Union Canal running through west London.
The project, which is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust with funding from Transport for London (TfL), will see re-surfacing, access improvements, new signs and clearing back trees, bushes and undergrowth along the historic waterway between Paddington and West Drayton .
The work will run from the end of 2016 through to 2018 in phases, starting between Ladbroke Grove and Old Oak Lane and finishing at West Drayton. Trimming hedges and trees has already started along the route to clear the way for surfacing improvements.
The scheme will see improvements made to the canal at areas including Stockley Park, Greenford , Perivale, Park Royal, Ladbroke Grove and Paddington.
Susannah Miller is the project co-ordinator at the Canal & River Trust, the charity which cares for 60 miles of waterways in Greater London.
She said: “London’s canals have enjoyed a real growth in popularity over recent years. They’ve become cool, great places to visit and relax, or as attractive routes to get places, whether that’s by water or the towpath.
“We’ve seen in other areas where we’ve made towpath improvements how much it can help people, but to be able to upgrade such a huge stretch is really unprecedented.