Linlithgow Embankments sit at an elevated level above the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow on the Union Canal and are classed as significant high risk assets due to the potential impact any failures would have on the town below.
In 2017 Scottish Canals along with appointed consultants carried out a detailed study of the embankments and condition of the channel, you can read more about the study here.
The outcome of the study was a report which identified a list of priority embankment works. A project is now underway to address these priority works which will include leakage and seepage arrest works and hard edge protections works to improve the stability of the embankment reducing the likelihood of major failure. If no action is taken the asset would continue to deteriorate and this would ultimately undermine the structure and cause it to fail, resulting in local flooding.
Fiona Hyslop MSP joined pupils on Monday 28th January from Low Port Primary School to find out more about the vital works involved in the project – and help them learn more about the engineering, heritage and environments of the Union Canal for their STEM project!
Update 25th March
Both phases of work at Linlithgow Embankment have been completed, and all areas are once again open to the public.
There are still provision of services works on the ground at the embankment, but there are no restrictions to towpath or navigation.
Update 19th March
Phase 1 embankment improvements have been completed, as the new towpath has been constructed and is open to public access.
Phase 2 works continue and are due to be completed on Monday 25th March.
Update 25th February
Phase 1 embankment improvements are nearing completion, with the new towpath constructed and services to moorings in progress.
Update 5th February
Due to additional construction activities that are required, including the installation of services and a towpath upgrade, the towpath closure at Bridge 45 next to Linlithgow Academy at Preston Road and Bridge 48 at Woodcockdale will be extended until Friday 15th March.
Towpath Diversion – Manse Road to Bridge 41
The towpath is currently closed for maintenance between Manse Road and Bridge 41 (The Park Bistro). Please follow the diversion route.as shown on signage.
Update 30 November 2018
Phase one works have begun and phase two of the embankment improvements will commence on Monday 14th January 2019. These works will involve further sheet piling at Manse Road East and will also run for 14 weeks. Navigation at this stretch of the canal will be closed during this time.
18 October 2018
The first phase will involve installing 160 metres of sheet piling between Bridge 45 next to Linlithgow Academy at Preston Road and Bridge 48 at Woodcockdale. Works will begin on site on Monday 5th November 2018, lasting for 14 weeks, with the towpath closed from this date to allow plant and machinery to access the canal bank. A towpath diversion will be in place for pedestrians and cyclists during this period, which also includes the two weeks over Christmas and New Year. The diversion is as shown in the map below, and runs via Golfcourse Road, Braehead Terrace, Braehead Place, Braehead Road and Preston Road.
Navigation will be closed from Thursday 8th November 2018 to enable a partial dewatering of the canal as the channel will be closed by dam structures at both Preston Road Bridge no45 and Woodcockdale bridge no48.
In addition to strengthening the canal embankment, these works will also create four residential and four leisure/visitor moorings at Linlithgow for which full planning permission has been granted.