A key stretch of canal towpath in Oxford has been resurfaced to allow cyclists and walkers to get around the city safely as part of a £158,000 project.

The stretch between Walton Well Road and Aristotle Lane to the north of the city was branded ‘rocky and a danger’ prior to the work, according to the Oxford Mail.

Funded by Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council and the Canal and River Trust, the path has been re-laid with fresh tarmac, which councillors hope will allow people to ‘enjoy the tranquility’ of the area.

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Andy Chivers, of city cycling group Cyclox, told the Mail: “Cyclox is delighted that this important mixed use route has been resurfaced.

“The canal is a great place for families to cycle and enables lovely quiet off-road routes.”

“We recognise that the canal towpath has a lot of walkers as well, so we anticipate cyclists will need to keep to modest speeds and would encourage commuters to use the Kingston Road alternative.”