Thames towpath's £1.75m repair scheme completed

Four years of work to repair the Thames towpath through Oxford has been completed.

The path was built 40 years ago and pressure from heavy rainfall and high flows had caused it to fail in several places.

Large cracks had appeared in the surface of the path and parts of the bank were subsiding into the river.

The county and city councils spent £1.75m on repair and reconstruction work along a three-mile stretch.

Originally repairs were only planned where the bank was failing, which included parts at Grandpont and south of Iffley Lock.

However as the old construction was removed it became clear work on additional sections of bank would need to be carried out.

The work was mainly funded by the county council, with the city council contributing £100,000.

Rodney Rose, county council cabinet member for transport, said: "I feel certain that the substantial improvements to the safety and accessibility of the towpath as well as to its appearance will be of significant benefit to both residents and visitors to our city."

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