The Crinan Canal is one of Argyll & Bute’s most popular visitor attractions with over 1,600 boats transiting the canal each year.
Ardrishaig Swing Bridge is a public road bridge and featured outdated operation mechanisms making the bridge unreliable. To ensure the continued safe passage of boat traffic through the bridge and vehicles over the bridge, essential works which included the replacement of the control mechanism and signage have been undertaken.
The design and installation works on site were undertaken by Scottish Canals’ M&E Team, with significant cost savings over equivalent contractor costs. A new piece of technology now allows the M&E Team to view the bridge operation in real time, monitor sensors, motors, actuators and make changes to the control system check points. This has improved efficiency allowing the team to override fault sensors to allow safe recovery of the bridge in the event of a road closure, and saves long closure times waiting for staff to travel from Falkirk to Crinan.
These works ensure the bridge meets current safety and compliance regulations.