Following the temporary suspension of boat transits through Twechar and Bonnybridge lift bridges on the Forth & Clyde Canal in early 2018, we have been undertaking further technical investigations.
The mechanisms of these bridges have been a cause for concern for some time but recent inspections showed that they have now reached a point where we believe their operation could pose a risk to public safety. While we work up the technical solutions and source the funding required to implement the necessary upgrades, we have had no option but to temporarily suspend their operation.
Our engineers have managed to carry out some impressive work recently which enabled a controlled operation of Bonnybridge and Twechar. This required 10 engineers and technicians to be redeployed from other planned priorities elsewhere across the business. Thanks to the teams efforts, the successful works mean we can now open both Bard Avenue Bascule Bridge and Twechar lift bridge up to once per month. Visit here for more details.
Please note that Bonnybridge Bridge will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Due to safety reasons, it can’t be opened to boating traffic until significant works are carried out and while we continue to seek funding, investment simply is not available within Scottish Canals’ budget at present, from the Scottish Government or through third party funders. We hope to be able to update on the Robert Whitworth Bridge soon.
Update 12th October 2018
Following the £1.625 million of additional funding from the Scottish Government, we are now able to carry out the works to both Bonnybridge and Twechar Bridges. Contractors have been engaged and installation works are scheduled for January/February 2019 with testing of both bridges commencing in March 2019. The aim is to have all works completed and both bridges operational by April 2019.
Update 28th June 2018
The Scottish Government has announced an additional £1.625m funding for Scottish Canals, to enable upgrades and improvements to Bonnybridge and Twechar bridges on the Forth and Clyde Canal. Read more here.