WORK will soon begin to build a new map, signs, vibrant panels and information markers along the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow.

Glasgow Canal Co-op’s project, Getting North Glasgow Canal Active, will raise awareness about new and existing routes for travel along the waterway between Port Dundas and Firhill.

An area map will give information on walking and cycling routes, access points and other local services, community centres, businesses, public toilets, sports venues and the Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve.

The new way-markers and signs will help bring the culture and heritage of the canal to life and guide people around the area, including signposting local attractions and points of interest.

Panels, hoarding and vinyl wraps will also be installed at various points to help make the tow-path more attractive.

The project will get under way in February, with new signage and way-markers expected to be in place by the summer, and is funded by Smarter Choices, Smarter Places – Paths For All’s programme.

Rob Morrison, co-chair of the Glasgow Canal Co-op, said: “We’re working together to help North Glasgow’s stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal become a valuable resource for local communities that provides a welcoming and accessible space for recreation and active travel.

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“This funding will allow us to make this stretch of the canal a more attractive option for those looking to get out and about and encourage people to use the tow-path to get more active.

“The new pedestrian bridge at the Claypits Local Nature Reserve has connected the communities of Maryhill and Hamiltonhill and opened up great options for walking and wheeling – this project allows us to capitalise on this and keep making improvements to the area.”

The Co-op plans to team up with local cycling charity Free Wheel North to put on free rides, helping local people explore new routes and get active together.

Norman Armstrong, founder and manager of Free Wheel North, said: “2020 was a defining year for health and active travel; Covid-19 has shone a light on the importance of biodiversity and climate change, and people have been exploring their local communities more than ever, mostly by walking and wheeling.

“The Claypits Local Nature Reserve is a place where people can restore their mental health and reconnect with the environment.

“Active travel is the key for building better after the crisis and Free Wheel North is happy to be part of a project that encourages people to get out on their bike and experience some urban wildlife.”

Queen’s Cross Housing Association and teams at Possilpark, Springburn and Woodside health centres will also be involved to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the project.