In March 2011, Salford City Council adopted a masterplan for the canal which will see approximately £150 million invested along the canal over the next 10 to 15 years, restoring key heritage sites such as Worsley Delph and Barton Aqueduct, upgrading the towpath, new waterside residential developments, a five star hotel and golf course, new and improved employment and commercial space and a new marina at Monton.
The masterplan sets out clear guidelines and principles to guide future development along the canal and influence the thinking of key landowners, private developers, local businesses, residents, statutory agencies and public sector organisations.
The masterplan will be delivered primarily via the private sector and a number of sites have already come forward for development (to view these, download the masterplan developments update document at the link below).
In February 2014, a major bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful. Further information on associated works is available.
The canal currently attracts around 270,000 visitors each year. Once the masterplan is fully implemented it is expected to attract a minimum of around 390,000 visitors each year, generating a net additional spend of over £2 million to the local economy.
The Bridgewater Canal Masterplan is available to download below.
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This page was last updated on 6 April 2016