We want to hear your views
To complete the survey click on this link
The Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership have commissioned a feasibility study for the Lancaster Canal Towpath Trail – an all-ability trail for walking, cycling, pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters along the route of the Lancaster Canal between Lancaster and Kendal. As part of the study we would like your views on what improvements are most important.
Why are we consulting?
The LCRP has a vision for a multi-user accessible trail from Kendal to Lancaster using the existing canal towpath alignment where possible and have commissioned a transport consultancy to undertake a feasibility study. If implemented, the trail will provide a safe, enjoyable, and direct route between Lancaster and Kendal, which will likely result in an increase in active travel as a viable transport mode and healthy leisure time activity. Through various links onto and off the trail, it will be accessible to various communities in the region, which will support local economies and increase visitors to various attractions such as open spaces and businesses.
The consultation will provide the opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on the proposed route including how the trail is implemented and the public realm that may be incorporated. The feedback will then be used to inform a final study report that will be presented to the LCRP and its partners.
Lancaster Canal route alignment
The Lancaster Canal passes through a variety of environments from an urban beginning at the canal head through woodland, countryside, before joining the water between Hincaster and Stainton. It will then become a towpath through to Lancaster apart from a couple of minor sections such as the crossing of the M6 motorway near Holme.
It’s therefore important the trail takes the landscape into account and remains as rural as possible whilst providing a suitable surface that is usable for all abilities and age groups.
How to get involved?
To have your say on the proposed multi-use trail from Kendal to Lancaster, please use the link above to complete a survey on the Lancaster Canal towpath consultation. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes unless you have specific comments to make.
Why is this consultation online only?
In usual circumstances, this consultation would provide an opportunity to visit a consultation event and discuss the matter with our officers and consultants. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it isn’t safe to arrange public gatherings. If you would like to get involved in the consultation but do not have access to the internet, please get in contact with us and support can be provided where necessary.
If you wish to discuss the study with the consultants, virtual meetings will be arranged using Microsoft Teams. Information on this will be provided separately.
What happens next?
The transport consultants working with the LCRP will prepare a summary report outlining the consultation, which will be made available to all stakeholders. The consultants will then prepare a feasibility report into the findings of the project. At this stage, no funding is available to deliver the routes, but it will enable the consideration of the recommendations as funding becomes available.