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.
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.