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Work under way on the Thames Path

Hounslow Highways, working on behalf of Hounslow Council, is restoring the footpath on the borough’s 230 metre stretch of the Thames Path.

The Thames Path, which runs between Brentford High Street and Point Wharf, is the only long distance path to follow a river for most of its length.

The path’s old surface is being excavated and replaced with new Tegula block paving, making the path better for pedestrians and giving it a more traditional look. Hounslow Highways will also prune and trim vegetation and shrubbery.

Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Amrit Mann, said: “The Thames Path, which stretches almost 200 miles, offers people a network of beautiful waterside walks”.

“Improvements to the Hounslow section of the Thames Path mean more people will be encouraged to enjoy this delightful traffic-free route.”

Work to upgrade the path began on 20 July and is expected to be completed by the end of September. During this time the footpath will remain closed to pedestrians, with a diversion route in place.

Hounslow Highways Service Director, Rob Gillespie, said: “Preserving Hounslow’s heritage and character is an important facet of the work we undertake across the borough”.

“One of 15 national trails, the Thames Path runs from the Cotswolds to London. We are very pleased to be restoring a part of one of these important national trails in England and Wales.”

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