Scottish Canals has a prioritised asset management programme for all lock gates in Scotland, based on condition and risk. The full Crinan Canal has been identified as priority for gate replacement due to condition, age and criticality. Upgrading and replacement of the lock gates along the canal is vital to maintain the navigation of this historic waterway and any failure during operation could lead to serious health and safety implications.
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 Winter works programme for 2021-22.
Civils works will take place at locks 14 & 15 between December 2021 and March 2022. During this time the canal will be closed to navigation, and there may be restrictions in the towpath.