We have been carrying out investigations on our assets across the canal network, and have identified the following projects as high priority for 2020/21 against our £18-20 million Grant In Aid for this financial year.
Loch Oich Reservoir
Stage 1 works to ensure the integrity of the embankments of Loch Oich Reservoir on the Caledonian Canal got underway in 2018/2019 with further flood prevention surveys planned for 2021.
Loch Dochfour Reservoir
A study of the dam breach and review of the flood assessment for Loch Dochfour Reservoir was completed in 2018/2019. A breach study is set to take place by March 2021.
Following the main weir toe dewatering, the scope of repairs has been defined which will see Hillend Reservoir under maintenance in 2021
Leakage repairs to protect this Cobbinshaw Reservoir Spillway from sub-surface erosion took place in 2018/2019 and again in 2020. Work will continue to measure and evaluate the ongoing conditions of the reservoir.
Lilly Loch Reservoir
Works to protect the masonry structure of the Lilly Loch Reservoir from potential scour damage in times of flood got underway in 2018/2019. Weir repairs are ongoing.
Gairlochy Lock Gate Replacement
In our 2020/21 winter stoppage programme, we will progress with the fabrication and installation of new lock gates for Lock 17 on the Caledonian Canal
Crinan Canal West Gate Surveys
As part of this future-proofing of the Crinan Canal, we will be undertaking surveys and design works along the west stretch of the canal in within our stoppage programme for 2020-21.
Stockingfield Bridge Works Updates
Stockingfield Bridge is an ambitious £12.8 million project to reconnect three communities in north Glasgow and complete the last linkage in the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath.
Crinan Canal East Lock Gate Replacement
The full Crinan Canal has been identified as priority for gate replacement due to condition, age and criticality. In 2020/2021 we will progress fabrication and installation of gates 1-4 in the eastern section of the canal.
Gairlochy Swing Bridge
In winter 2020/2021 we will be undertaking an improvement project which will significantly reduce the risk of safety to staff and visitors on the bridge.
Oakfield Swing Bridge
Works to to replace the traffic barriers and signage on Oakfield Bridge will get underway in 2020.
Rowantree Embankment - Bonnybridge
Works to improve Rowantree embankment at Bonnybridge are due to begin in January 2021.
Port Buchan Canalside Improvements
Works to improve the Port Buchan canalside area are due to begin in January 2021.