Olympics link towpath section refurbished

Fri 10 February 2012, 2:52 pm

A section of the towpath linking the main London Olympics Stadium site with the Olympics canoeing venue in Broxbourne has been opened.

The refurbishment project has improved a section running alongside the Harbet Road Industrial Estate, which was considered unsafe.

The scheme is part of the Mayor of London’s Great Outdoors programme, and has been funded by British Waterways, Enfield Council and Transport for London (TfL).

Cllr Del Goddard, the council's cabinet member for business and regeneration, said “This towpath is significant as it sits within the Meridian Water area, which is a major site of regeneration for the council. It is good to see this particular facility, which had fallen into disrepair, has now been returned to use."

Ben Plowden, director of surface planning at TfL, said: “This is welcome news. A revamped River Lee towpath will create a safe, green and healthy highway for tourists and Londoners to cycle to both the main London 2012 Olympics Park and the Olympics Canoe site in Broxbourne.”

The works have improved access and safety, an provide a high quality link to the rest of the towpath, which forms part of the National Cycle Network.