Some 200m of river towpath in Hertfordshire will benefit from security bollards to prevent vehicles accessing it as a £150,000 improvement project gets underway.

British Waterways, Hertfordshire Forward and East Herts Council have joined forces to undertake the works on the River Stort, which are expected to last eight weeks, reports.

An East Herts Council spokesperson was quoted by the website as saying: "In this difficult economic climate, local organisations are being encouraged to team up to pool resources."

Other measures include the installation of access ramps, resurfacing, enhanced pinch points and new signage.

The tranquil river, a tributary of the River Lee, stretches for 14 miles. Its name is taken from Bishop's Stortford.

James Clifton, British Waterways’ regeneration manager, was also quoted by the website as saying: "Waterways add colour, character and life to towns, villages and cities across the country."

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