Union Canal Dredging

As part of the published asset strategy, dredging works will take place starting from Ratho Bridge on 7th February 2022 until 18th March 2022.

Work will be taking place between Ratho Bridge 15 and Gogar Bridge 14.

The towpath will remain open but users are asked to be vigilant when using this section of the towpath. Contractors will be on site to offer safe escorted passage.

This page will be updated as works progress.

 

Update 22nd February 2022

Please be advised that in order to safely continue the scheduled dredging works on the Union Canal between Ratho Bridge 15 and Gogar Bridge 14 which are being undertaken to protect the long term navigation of the canal, boat movements on this section of the Union Canal will only be available outside the hours of 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Navigation will still be possible from Ratho Bridge 15 to Gogar Bridge 14, before 8am and after 4pm Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Scottish Canals apologies for the very short notice. We had hoped that passage would still be possible however due to the quantity of material being dredged, safe passage past the works cannot be guaranteed.

We hope to have the works completed by 4pm Friday 18th March.

 

Update 27th January 2022

The access route to the towpath near Ransfield Road will be restricted from 7th February 2022, and closed from 14th of February 2022. Please see the below diversion, or download here.

The towpath will remain open but users are asked to be vigilant when using this section of the towpath. Contractors will be on site to offer safe escorted passage.

Diversion to travel West towards The Falkirk Wheel
  1. Continue West over the canal bridge
  2. And keeping right follow Ransfield Road towards Ratho
  3. After approximately 1.5 km at the junction turn right onto Dalmahoy road and follow to Ratho
  4. After approximately 700 meters turn right onto Main street
  5. Follow Main street to the Bridge Inn 650 meters where on the North side you can region the canal
Diversion to travel East towards Edinburgh
  1. Turn East and follow Gogamuir Road to the junction of Hermiston House Road 1.25 km
  2. Turn right onto Hermiston House Road and follow down to the canal 650 meters where you can re-join the towpath at bridge 12