A DECISION by British Waterways to review its visitor centre at Standedge has been welcomed by Colne Valley MP Kali Mountford.
She said a fresh look was needed at the organisation of the canal site at Tunnel End.
Ms Mountford added: "It is a tragedy that what has the potential to become a tourist honeypot should come off the rails so badly.
"The canal tunnel and museum are ideal for school trips, combining engineering history with the enjoyment of a trip into the tunnel.
"Historically, it is unique and if we can get everything right I'm sure it will bring in a lot of visitors."
Operations have been scaled down after the £2m project proved a flop. Only a trickle of visitors are making their way to the centre.
Ms Mountford said an important aspect was access from Marsden railway station.
"A park and ride minibus service should be considered, because elderly people, in particular, have been put off by the walk up to Tunnel End."
The MP said a cafe of some sort was very important. Also, visitors had criticised the sparseness of exhibits in the visitor centre.
"Perhaps we need a bit more imagination in planning what is on display there. It should be possible, for instance, to make more of the fact that there are four tunnels," she added.