A major scheme to improve a stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal towpath has been announced.

The Canal and River Trust, the charity that looks after the nation’s waterways, will upgrade the towpath between Gallows Footbridge in Shipley and Kirkstall New Road Bridge in Kirkstall, Leeds.

The £1.6 million scheme is part of a large-scale project led by Metro, Bradford Council and Leeds City Council, which have secured £18.1 million from the Department for Transport’s Cycle City Ambition Fund to create a safe, sustainable transport corridor for walkers and cyclists between Bradford and Leeds.

The towpath, which is a designated National Cycle Network Route, will be resurfaced to ensure it can be used on a year-round basis in most weathers and widened to a minimum of two metres where possible.

Additional work will include bank stabilisation, retention of grass verges either side of the towpath, installation of Disability Discrimination Act-compliant barriers and improved signage and waymarking.

Now the Trust wants to hear people’s view on the project.

Stephen Higham, enterprise manager for the Canal and River Trust said: “The canal towpath is a facility for all of the public and is a multi-user route for walkers, cyclists and anglers.

“As part of the development of the project, we are seeking comments and suggestions to ensure that all of our user groups have the opportunity to be involved in the final design.”

Work is due to start early next year and should be finished by the end of next June – in time for the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire on July 5.

The first consultation event about the scheme will be held at Shipley Library tomorrow between 10.30am and 7pm.

Another event will be held at Leeds Civic Hall on Wednesday, December 18, between 6pm and 8pm.

Staff at the Trust and partner organisations will be on hand to present the outline scheme and discuss any comments or concerns.

Details of the scheme will soon be available at http://canalrivertrust. org.uk/see-and-do/enterprise.

Suggestions or comments can be sent to enquries.northwest@canalriver trust.org.uk, or Canal and River Trust, Waterside House, Waterside Drive, Wigan, WN3 5AZ.

All comments must be received by Friday, January 17.