Scottish Canals

02/10/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/10/2020 05:15

Funding boost keeps Scotland’s canals flowing into the future

The Scottish Government has announced an additional £8.2 million in funding for Scottish Canals for 2020-2021.

The news, which sees an increase in total grant funding from £15m to £23.2m, will support the conservation of Scotland's network of inland waterways and ensure that regeneration and sustainability work continues at pace.

Scottish Canals has undertaken various large-scale projects to support Scotland's canals in the previous year. These include a £3 million investment in lock gate replacement works in the Highlands, £1.1 million to fully re-open the Union Canal at Linlithgow and an £820,000 investment in upgrades to The Falkirk Wheel. A new three-year Corporate Plan is due to be published in time for the new financial year, which will outline Scottish Canals strategic priorities and vision for the future.

Regeneration work in areas as diverse as North Glasgow, Bowling Harbour and Ardrishaig has also brought new opportunities and services to canal-side communities, while tourist destination development and canal maintenance operations have ensured the waterways remain a vibrant place of activity for all and boosted the Scottish economy.