Canal towpath to close from Ocean swing bridge to Bonds Mill

THE canal towpath between the Ocean swing bridge and Bonds Mill will be closed from 18 October until the end of March 2022 as part of the work to replace the railway bridge.

An alternative walking and cycling route has been arranged and will be signposted.

The current bridge with its narrow opening will be replaced with a new, wider bridge that will allow boats to pass under, and an integrated canalside footpath.

It is the largest engineering project in the Cotswold Canals Connected programme and is a vital part of the plan to connect the restored canal to the national waterways network, eventually making Stonehouse and Stroud canal towns once again.

Network Rail is delivering the work on behalf of Cotswold Canals Connected. Preparatory work will start in October, with the new bridge being installed around the clock between 24 and 30 December 2021.

Cotswold Canals Connected Project Director Chris Mitford-Slade said: “The new sections of railway bridge have already been cast on site and have become a popular feature with towpath users.

“Although the towpath closure means it won’t be possible for passers-by to watch the work taking place, we will ensure regular photos and drone footage are posted on the Cotswold Canals Connected website and social media channels so that anyone who is interested can watch the work taking place.”

Cotswold Canals Connected is a partnership of organisations which are restoring the canal network.

Phase 1A, which is now complete, restored the section between Stonehouse and Thrupp. Phase 1B, which includes this project, will restore a further four-mile section between Stonehouse and Saul Junction providing a connection to the national waterway network.

The partnership is committed to significant outcomes for wildlife, people and communities, and our canal heritage.

Find out more about Cotswold Canals Connected at www.cotswoldcanalsconnected.org

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