We have been carrying out investigations on our assets across the canal network, and have identified the following projects as high priority for 2019/20 against our £11-14 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 works planned for 2020.
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 in 2020.
Following the main weir toe dewatering the scope of repairs has been defined which will see Hillend Reservoir under maintenance in 2020
Leakage repairs to protect this Cobbinshaw Reservoir Spillway from sub-surface erosion took place in 2018/2019. 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.
The outcome of the Linlithgow Embankment Study in 2017 was a report which identified a list of priority embankment works. These priority works got underway in 2018/19.
Fort Augustus Lock Gate Replacement
The second phase of the lock gate replacement works at Fort Augustus is due to begin in winter 2019.
Bellanoch Bridge West Moorings
Works to install a waiting pontoon at Bellanoch Swing Bridge will get underway in 2019.
Investigative works to the embankments of the Almond Feeder, the main water supply to the Union Canal, began in 2018/19, and were completed in Autumn 2019.
Muirtown Swing Bridge
Works to ensure the continued operation of Muirtown Swing Bridge on the Caledonian Canal are due to begin in 2020.
Moy Swing Bridge
Essential works to upgrade the manual barriers and signage on Moy Bridge will get underway in 2020.
Ardrishaig Sea Lock Holding Pontoon
Following the partial collapse of a section of the north side of Ardrishaig Pier in May 2017 causing the pier to be closed, works were undertaken to restore operations and ensure the future of the pier.
Ardrishaig Lock 4 Swing Bridge
Works to replace the traffic barriers and signage on Ardrishaig Lock 4 Swing Bridge will get underway in 2019/2020.
Bellanoch Swing Bridge
Works to replace the traffic barriers and signage on Bellanoch Swing Bridge will get underway in 2019/2020.
Oakfield Swing Bridge
Works to to replace the traffic barriers and signage on Oakfield Bridge will get underway in 2019/2020.
Auchinstarry West Embankment
Works to address the ongoing erosion on the canal wall the towpath at Auchinstarry are due to begin in 2019/2020.
Redecking Pontoons & Jetties
Works to replace the decking on pontoons and jetties across the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals will get underway in 2019.
Modular Temporary Bridges
Scottish Canals are looking to invest in 3 lightweight fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) temporary modular pedestrian bridges.