Scottish Canals

01/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2019 05:17

Critical canal repairs to commence

The Scottish Government has increased Scottish Canals grant-in-aid funding to record levels of allocation since the creation of Scottish Canals. The funding has increased from £11.6m in 2018/19 to a proposed £15m in 2019/20 which would represent an increase of 30% in recognition of the challenges involved in maintaining the canal network.

Further information on works:

Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus
Following detailed inspections of the lock flight at Fort Augustus, Scottish Canals will install a new pair of lock gates at Lock 2 and undertake buoyancy improvement works at Gates 3 and 4. Works are scheduled to start on 14 January and last for three months. To ensure lifting equipment can safely access the site, the south side of the road will be closed to traffic during these dates. The towpath will remain open to cyclists and walkers during these works.

Caledonian Canal at Kytra
Following detailed inspections of the lock gates at Kytra Locks, Scottish Canals will install two pairs of lock gates at this location. Works are scheduled to begin on 14 January and last until 25 March. Towpath use may be restricted during this time however Scottish Canals contractor will manage safe access during these works.

The canal will be partially drained down between Cullochy Lock and Fort Augustus to allow these works to take place safely, however by undertaking these works during the winter closure, Scottish Canals hope to minimise disruption to boating traffic.

Union Canal at Linlithgow
Following detailed embankment surveys, Scottish Canals have progressed the first phase of critical embankment work, with the second phase due to commence on the 14 January. These works will involve further sheet piling at Manse Road East and will also run for 14 weeks. Navigation at this stretch of the canal will be closed during this time.

Crinan and Forth & Clyde Canals
Further work will be undertaken on 2 pairs of lock gates for the Forth & Clyde Canal, and new water monitoring systems for the Crinan Reservoir and the Forth & Clyde summit pound.


Matthew Millar
[email protected]
Transport Scotland
0141 272 7199