Although volunteering on the canal is suspended for the time being, due to the COVID pandemic, nothing stops the workers from Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Following on from their tremendous work north of Trebanos Locks, here they are resurfacing the towpath south of the locks right through to the Neath/Swansea boundary. First the path is levelled, next a layer of hardcore is compacted and finally a topping of tarmac applied. The tarmac looks quite stark at the moment but it will soon mellow. 

There is no doubt that the new surface running from the piped section in Trebanos all the way to the county boundary will improve vastly the access to the canal and will be appreciated by everyone, particularly walkers pushing prams and buggies and those with limited mobility. No more muddy puddles to negotiate! When lockdown ends  our volunteers will further improve this  lovely section of resurfaced tow path by installing our three new “Happy to Chat/ Hapus i Siarad” benches. It is now, indeed, a lovely place to sit and talk.

The Society is indebted to NPTCBC for funding this project and Paul Rapsey for providing the photographs.

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